Is it possible to trim my waistline by using the machine that builds the abdominal by rotatin to the left and right instead of doing situps

  • JohnG16775

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    Oct 10, 2009 11:47 PM GMT
    I really need you guys to help me out. I have started out as an older man 55 soon to be 56 and have been cardio training about a year ,now I have started strength training but cannot afford the trainer quite yet, I would like to know if I use the left and right rotating machine with weight added will help trim my waistline, or do I have to do the situps, please help.
    BART
  • Webster666

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    Oct 11, 2009 12:29 AM GMT
    I am not familiar with the machine that you are talking about. If it's something that makes sit ups easier, you're almost certainly getting less results. I don't think that anything can replace sit ups. I know. I hate them, too.
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    Oct 11, 2009 12:32 AM GMT
    In a word, "no."
    What you are asking about is spot reduction and it doesn't work. Your body loses fat all over. If you want to burn it, build up your lean muscle mass, especially your legs. Sadly, it would seem that the midsection is the last section to lose it. There is also a risk that if you do heavy weight work on the obliques (rotational muscles of the core) that you will increase their thickness and give yourself more pronounced "love handles."

    Edit: What you eat is 90% of weight/fat loss. Can't stress that enough.
  • Mako_Shark

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    Oct 11, 2009 4:12 AM GMT
    Im pretty familiar with the machine you are referring to, and the top couple posts are pretty much correct. Losing fat is what will trim your stomach, sit ups will only enhance the "look" by making your abdominal muscles protrude. Also, the machine in question mostly works your obliques, which are your side abdominal muscles, and if you build those up, without losing the fat over them, you will only look wider (like your love handles are growing) even though you are working them out.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Oct 11, 2009 4:17 AM GMT
    I know the machine you are talking about and I use it a few times a week. It's great to include it in your ab workout, but it shouldn't be the only thing. If you're having back trouble or other problems with pain or strength, get one of the instructors at the gym to show you how to use the medicine ball for ab workouts. There are some good videos here at RJ on it as well. Here is one:

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    Oct 11, 2009 4:19 AM GMT
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  • gymguy81

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    Oct 11, 2009 4:34 AM GMT
    the rotation works the transvers abdominals will it help you trim your waist maybe but only in small nearly imesurable incaments will it biuld muscle morelike yes abdominals need to be strong you wont get a mssively thick waistline from doing high reps with light resistence will it replace situps no that works a diffent muscle group the rectus abdomanus if you want your abs to show you need low body faght and high muscular hypertrophy
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    Oct 11, 2009 5:11 AM GMT
    JohnG16775 said ,now I have started strength training but cannot afford the trainer quite yet, .
    BART


    Sit ups are the cheapest exercise. They only require a floor.
  • rdberg1957

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    Oct 11, 2009 6:15 AM GMT
    Two years ago I weighed in at 348. Now I'm hanging around 220. I am working with a trainer now on core strengthening and flexibility. This is probably what's most helpful for injury prevention. If I'm injured, I'm limited in the work I can do. Core strengthening involves strengthening abs, hips, and back--all the midsection stuff. I am 52, and this workout is most important for me. When my mid-section is strong, I feel more confident in playing sports. I'm not working out to body build, but I want a strong body with stamina and flexibility. The combination of strength training and good nutrition is what will help with the aesthetics of your body. Eating well without overeating is important to fat loss in combination with cardio (interval training should be part of this), core, strength training, and flexibility routines.
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    Oct 11, 2009 6:33 AM GMT
    Like others have said, you can't spot reduce. I think the problem with those types of exercises (situps and machines) is that they target certain areas, but they don't help with your overall core strength. Pilates, and other stabilization exercises are my preferred exercises. But you still have to do cardio and really watch what you eat to see results.
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    Oct 11, 2009 7:10 AM GMT

    Boy have I got some magic beans to sell you.