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Old 02-07-2008, 02:09 AM   #1
Arber Borici
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Arrow Ab Workout

Hi all!

I recently started some abdominal workout following traditional exercises, such as sit-ups. However, I read in Wikipedia that sit-ups could damage the vertebral column. And the best alternative to sit-ups could be the crunch exercises. Is this correct? What's the right way to do sit-ups/crunches and for how long should I exercise? Any tips from the experienced ones?

Is it a fact or a myth that abdominal workout removes fat while strengthening muscles?
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Old 02-07-2008, 05:52 AM   #2
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Re: Ab Workout

It is a myth that abdominal exercises will not remove fat from your waist. You can not target fat loss.

As far as sit-ups go, if your back is strong you should have no issues, but crunches will put less strain on the back.

You could also do Frog Sit-Ups which put less stress on the back.
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Old 02-07-2008, 06:27 AM   #3
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Re: Ab Workout

I just do Knees-to-elbows with my warmup pullups. Sometimes L-pullups, they are ab exercises like no other.
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Old 02-07-2008, 06:33 AM   #4
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Re: Ab Workout

Thanks for your input,

What would be a great exercise for removing (abdominal) fat?

Is there any "perfect" time for exercising (such as in the morning) or one can exerecise any time?

Thanks!
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Old 02-07-2008, 06:40 AM   #5
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Re: Ab Workout

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Thanks for your input,

What would be a great exercise for removing (abdominal) fat?

Is there any "perfect" time for exercising (such as in the morning) or one can exerecise any time?

Thanks!
The only way to lose abdominal fat is through diet. There are no exercises that can make you lose fat on just one part of your body.
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Old 02-07-2008, 08:15 AM   #6
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Re: Ab Workout

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The only way to lose abdominal fat is through diet. There are no exercises that can make you lose fat on just one part of your body.
There's one exercize that makes one lose fat: Running past bakeries and candy stories.
I also like knee up pullups, and I just discovered L pullups. Very low back friendly. My trainer Jason Ackerman started me on the plank a couple of years ago. Sometimes that's back friendly.
This is wisdom from the main page but, I believe Coach Glassman stresses keeping your core working strong during all exercizes. It doesn't get more back safe than that.
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Old 02-07-2008, 08:33 AM   #7
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"Table pushaways" are another great fat-losing exercise.

About halfway through a meal (right at the point where you're no longer hungry, but not "full" yet), place both hands firmly on the side of the table, on either side of your plate. Push solidly on the table, either pushing it away from you, or you from it. Make sure you achieve a separation greater than arms' length. Repeat at every meal.
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Old 02-07-2008, 09:48 AM   #8
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Re: Ab Workout

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"Table pushaways" are another great fat-losing exercise.
I love this
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Old 02-07-2008, 09:55 AM   #9
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Re: Ab Workout

If your situps degrade to the point where you can not maintain a hollow position throughout the movement then you do run the risk of causing back strain. Otherwise they are fine. It really is a factor of whether you are strong enough or not.
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Old 02-07-2008, 01:29 PM   #10
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"Table pushaways" are another great fat-losing exercise.

About halfway through a meal (right at the point where you're no longer hungry, but not "full" yet), place both hands firmly on the side of the table, on either side of your plate. Push solidly on the table, either pushing it away from you, or you from it. Make sure you achieve a separation greater than arms' length. Repeat at every meal.
I think I would rather do Joshie again then perform this exercise
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