Lower abs

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    May 07, 2007 6:53 PM GMT
    I need some help/suggestions on what kinds of workouts to do for the lower abs.

    I started working out 2 months ago and am seeing nice definition and build up but it all seems to be in the chest and upper abdominal region.

    Thanks guy.

    Jean-Carlo
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    May 07, 2007 9:34 PM GMT
    Watch this wheelchair bodybuilders lower ab stuff. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/fitshow49.htm
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    May 07, 2007 11:44 PM GMT
    Roman Chair lifts are good, as are decline bench crunches. But you should always treat your abdominal workouts as an all-around package.

    keep in mind that your abdominal section actually attaches to your spine and acts like a belt to keep you upright and stable. You have upper, middle and lower abdominals as well as obliques (sides). Many different exercises work your abdominals even if they aren't targeting them, because you use your abs to give you stability. This is known as CORE strength training. Simply put, doing thousands of crunches isn't the best way to exercise your abs - doing a workout that brings your core into play is a better way to train.
  • GQjock

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    May 19, 2007 11:26 AM GMT
    though it's difficult to segregate the uppers from the lowers I've found that any leg lifting type exercise is better for the lower abs
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    Jun 11, 2007 7:27 PM GMT
    A lot of cycling is the only thing that has ever made that belt of chub vanish for me... Usually I am in the four and a half pack range.
  • waterman

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    Jun 30, 2007 2:26 PM GMT
    I can tell you from experience that kayaking is a great all-around abs exercise because it is really sort of a mix of boxing and horseback riding in form. You are constantly twisting inside the boat:

    Although non-paddlers often think its an all-arm exercise, what actually happens is the legs/knees act as springs between the hips and feet, storing and transferring potential into kinetic energy. At the same time, the arms in proper motion are punching in succession (not pulling which is inefficient, hence tiring)

    Long-story short is, your core is the connecting structure that makes this all happen. So...constant all-angle workout of the abs.

    I don't have access to a river right now, so I make do by visualizing and doing weighted twists and stretches that somewhat mimic paddling: bar twists, the torso rotator machine, punches and twisting while kneeling is a zaizen pose, etc. Not the same, but you get the idea.

    You could always go paddling. Whitewater is more effective for an all-angle workout, but sea kayaking also works. Gym stuff is more like sea.

    Hope this helps.