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Old 11-07-2008, 06:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lower abdominal exercises

I need some help finding a great ab workout that really shocks the lower portion of the abs and the love handles area.
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Old 11-07-2008, 07:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I guess Im wondering why this area in particular?

ie.
1. are you trying to get that area ripped up with definition
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2. are you trying to build your strength in that area
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3. is there are tire there you would rather part with?

I suspect its (3)... which I dont think will be accomplished by trying to target that area with exercizes.

AFAIK, the body stores its fat stores in particular areas... in women it their thighs... for guys its in our love handles.

The only way that area is gonna lose its mass is through cardio.

Targeting those specific muscles groups in that area will merely build the muscle below the fat layer... and result in that area looking even larger...ie. fatter.
I suspect that isnt what you are shooting for.

So you guessed it, there isnt an easy way to drop love handles (besides surgery)... you gotta work the cardio, speed up your metabolism to start ganking fat from those love handle stores...
Of course, the love handle area is the 'last' area which your body will pull fat fuel from... it snatches it from other areas first... like your face fat... which is why most guys notice their face looking great before their bodies

Anyone Feel free to correct me here... im far from an expert.
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Old 11-07-2008, 08:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thats basically true but targeting the area with excercise to build lean muscle will still help you burn the fat. I believe every pound of lean muscle burns like 6 pounds of fat per year. So id do hanging leg raises, leg tucks, and hanging oblique crunches to start to try and tone that area. that is my last problem area but i dont do enough cardio to get a 6 pack so im stuck at 4
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Thats basically true but targeting the area with excercise to build lean muscle will still help you burn the fat. I believe every pound of lean muscle burns like 6 pounds of fat per year. So id do hanging leg raises, leg tucks, and hanging oblique crunches to start to try and tone that area. that is my last problem area but i dont do enough cardio to get a 6 pack so im stuck at 4
... thats what I think too.

I rarely get enough time to do serious cardio... like 20 minutes a day max.

So Im going by that theory... lean muscle will burn calories while recovering... ie. at rest.

My logic is then... why not build muscle in a large area that is easy to build up... ie. your thighs/legs...

most guys have chicken legs with a big torso, we are genetically predisposed to that shape

Simple legs presses, curls, thrust... low reps, heavy load to build bulk.

one caveat though... this is for guys only... for chicks this prolly wouldnt work out so well.

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Old 11-08-2008, 11:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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thanx for the help guys I really wanna build more strength in the area. I know definition will come, I try to do as much cardio as i can its just hard to find the time. I try to get a 3 mile run each day or 3 x 3minute rounds with the heavy bag. any good bag workouts that can shape the lower abs?
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long distance running or any cardio of the like is actually worse for definition than quick, fast paced cardio periods. example, look at marathon runners vs sprinters.
for your bag workouts try 20-30 minutes alternating kicks and punches a minute at a time. out of 5 your intensity should go something like 1,2,3,4,3,4,3,5,3,5,3,5,3,5,3,4,3,4,3,2 (with the 5's being punches). After that do (3) sets of 20-30 sit ups, then the same of lower leg raises, then the same of side sit ups. 30 seconds rest between ab sets. no rest for the bag workout, 30 seconds beteen the end of it and the beginning of abs. i do this 2 times a week, combined with weights 3 times a week, and a weight circuit once a week and ive noticed a big improvement vs my previous program.
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Sorry guys theres been 4 replies to this lads problem and not one raises the issue of Nutrition.

A Ferrari F1 car performs not because of how it looks on the outside, but it performs mainly due to whats going on inside the car.
sure aerodynamics play a part but the car carries excessive amounts of fuel and a certain type of fuel all correctly measured and distributed at certain times for maximum performance thus resulting in best possible lap times.

Imagine your body as being this car. your body will perform at its best possible peak if its fuel is correctly administered, distributed at correct times to correspond with the task ahead.
The bonnet region is not a true reflection of how the car can performn, same applies with your abdominal region.
A truely defined sixpack aerodynamically may seem more pleasing, eye catching and shuvved in our faces mainly by advertising moguls who are fat, bald and haven't seen their penis region in twenty years.... But athletically, performance wise in our sport sixpacks are more of an hindrance, whereas in bodybuilding they are seemed as a necessity.

So its not how your abdominals look on the outside, its how they perform on the inside.
Eating correctly at correct times throughout your day enables you to perform at your bodies peak potential.
Sugar influx right before a abdominal region workout will have your abs performing brilliantly.

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Thanx to AxleZTTic that workout sounds killer Im gonna finish up my routine this week and inccorporate your next week, i will let you know how it goes. Oh and SteSteez thanxs for the advice and what would you recomend to get a great sugar influx before a workout?
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Try dextrose powder, have it with your protein shake 10-15min before your workout
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I tried looking for dextrose powder at gnc but i couldnt find anything if i am thinking DP comes from corn right? but any websites or places you recomend to find it?
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