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    Posted: Mar 09 2008 at 7:54pm

I know that in order to get fab abs I have to lose weight in my midsection first which I consider untoned & fat. I aleady have my cardio & diet plans down which I think are really good. I'm gonna start working out march 10th with 30 min of jump rope and 30 min of dance daily 5 days a week. The only thing I am not sure about is how to tone the midsection like xtina's picture below. I feel like regular crunches are not enough. And plus do they even do anything for lovehandles? I also heard that doing ab toning exercises build muscles to keep fat from forming there! So what exercises should I do to tone?

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I need toning toning toning to get it hard and keep it from gaining fat there.. I'm also gonna include protein in my diet. This is gonna take time, consistency, and work! ;]


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 10 2008 at 9:26am
Ms Cat,
 
You are definately on the right track with monitoring your diet and cardio those are the main components to great abs.
 
I would do a lot of core training and look into some of the Pilates workouts as well.
 
You can do 10,000 crunches, but if a layer fat covers them you can't see them.
 
Be patient and keep those three things in mind:
1) Clean Diet
2) Fat burning cardio - daily
3) Core training
 
I would even venture to add strength training, because we lose weight all over and not in one spot.  Strength training creates muscle and muscle burns fat at a higher rate.
 
Hope that helpsWink


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 10 2008 at 10:08am

The problem with regular ol' crunches is that they work the upper abs. More than likely you are looking to tone and tighten your lower abdominal muscles...leg lifts and similar exercises are perfect for this. To properly perform leg lifts just lie on you back on the floor with your arms straight out at your sides. With your legs together lift them straight up (like pointing your feet at the ceiling). Now lower your legs WITHOUT letting them touch the floor hold it for about 5 seconds (your legs should stay about 2 inches above the ground). Repeat. You will really feel the burn in your lower abs. I hope this helped, you could also google leg lifts for a better description of this exercise.

 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 10 2008 at 6:52pm
Here's a good one, but you need a partner.  Go to the gym and get a medicine ball, and go to a decline bench. 
1.  Your partner will stand in front of you and throw you the ball
2.  You will catch the ball and as you lay back raise your arms above your head
3.  On your way up lower your arms and throw the ball back to your partner
4.  *** Repeat this by alternating one time with the ball and one time without the ball for as  many set as you like.

Trust me you will feel this one for like a week!!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 10 2008 at 7:22pm
 What's core training? I just want a better alternative to crunches. I already have the lower abs & oblique toning down which is leg ups & side bends.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 10 2008 at 7:28pm
Originally posted by Shouldbedoinghw Shouldbedoinghw wrote:

The problem with regular ol' crunches is that they work the upper abs. More than likely you are looking to tone and tighten your lower abdominal muscles...leg lifts and similar exercises are perfect for this. To properly perform leg lifts just lie on you back on the floor with your arms straight out at your sides. With your legs together lift them straight up (like pointing your feet at the ceiling). Now lower your legs WITHOUT letting them touch the floor hold it for about 5 seconds (your legs should stay about 2 inches above the ground). Repeat. You will really feel the burn in your lower abs. I hope this helped, you could also google leg lifts for a better description of this exercise.
 
Thanks but I actually do this and they work way better than crunches!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 11 2008 at 3:39pm
I have been doing really good so far! The first day I did 30 min of dance and the 2nd day I did 60 minutes of regular workout and I have been eating healthy and taking my vitamins and protein. I'm doing really good so far I just have to focus on the consistantsy.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 15 2008 at 10:09pm
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 16 2008 at 12:58pm
Check out this link for some good exercises for Lower Abdominal,  Middle & Upper Abdominal, and Oblique Exercises (Sides - Love Handles).

http://www.shapefit.com/training.html



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 18 2008 at 3:48pm

Thank you!!

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