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I really want to be consistant on working on my abs to get rid of my tummy! I have been doing ab workouts M, W, F and wanted to know if it is like weights, where you want to rest a day between workouts, or can ab exercises be done every day for more benefit?
 

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This woman says not every day<br><a href="http://exercise.about.com/od/abs/f/abrepssetsfaq.htm" target="_blank">http://exercise.about.com/od/abs/f/abrepssetsfaq.htm</a><br>
I always thought you were supposed to but then what do I know.
 

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I've been wondering this myself.
 

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It's fine to do core every day once you get used to it, since you usually use part of your body weight for resistance, which isn't enough to cause the degree of micro-tearing where your muscles need more time to repair. You aren't going to damage anything as long as the exercises are done safely with attention to form.<br><br>
But -- I'd throw in a couple clauses:<br><br>
If you're just starting and do enough intensity or duration that you're VERY sore the next day or so, wait until that subsides for the next workout. You may not be able to perform the exercises with correct form and it would be counter-productive.<br><br>
If you do core work every day, vary the exercises -- maybe have Routine A and Routine B. Muscle memory will render the same exercises done each day less effective. Keep learning and swapping out new exercises.<br><br>
Work the back of the torso as well as the front to avoid imbalances.<br><br>
Form is really important with core work. Try to pull your navel to spine and hold that for each exercise. You can do that just sitting here reading this post: imagine you are lifting the belly button up and back, toward the lower back ribs. If you can no longer maintain that (you'll know because you'll see the stomach push out or feel the lower back arch), stop and rest until you can engage it again. This is a pilates technique that helps flatten the stomach during crunches vs. causing a rounded muscle shape from doing crunches w/o engaging the deepest ab muscles -- the opposite of what most people want! Try to work with a mirror, too, so you can see your body position in exercises like plank, etc.
 

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I agree with SGH. I've always been told by my trainers that ab workouts can be done every day.<br><br>
One thing you want to remember, though, is doing ab exercises alone won't get rid of your tummy. It's hard for me to believe you have a tummy anyways, given your insane aerobic workouts.<br><br>
You have to burn the total body fat to get rid of your tummy -- you can't spot burn fat. Ab exercises will strengthen the abs, and may help them to pop out a bit more.
 

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<a href="http://beauty.expertvillage.com/videos/abs-hip-raise.htm" target="_blank">http://beauty.expertvillage.com/vide...-hip-raise.htm</a><br>
This guy shows some ab exercises and is kinda cute too.<br><br>
Hey SGH I saw you sneak in and change the forum name, I may be old but I am still on top of it <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Oh and thanks for your input about the core stuff.
 

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DUDE!!<br><br>
Except I thought I was going crazy for a second there, until I realized what was up.<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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I didn't change it, but suggested a change from "cardio" since we don't just discuss cardio stuff here.<br><br>
I hope you like the name and the forum!
 

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Is it really better to do crunches and stuff on the ball?<br><br>
I need to work on my core strength. I would like stuff I can do at home, vs the gym. I have a ball and weights. Can you recommend some stuff to me SGH?<br><br>
When I do stuff I typically do crunches, then side crunches, then another set of crunches. I have a really hard time making my abs sore, so I never really feel like I've worked them hard.
 

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Want to make your abs sore?<br><br>
Do each of these for 30 seconds, no rest between:<br><br>
1. Crunches<br>
2. Leg Raises<br>
3. Mountain Climbers<br>
4. L Side Crunches<br>
5. R Side Crunches<br>
6. Bicycles<br>
7. Flutter Kicks<br>
8. Boxer Cross (Legs up in the air, crunching up, touching your toes with your opposite hand)<br>
9. Ball Crunches<br>
10. Captain/Roman Chair Crunches<br>
11. Front Bridge<br>
12. Back Bridge<br>
13. L Bridge<br>
14. R Bridge
 

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ditto on what SGH sez....that imbalance factor is a big one to remember when working core<br><br><br>
meri,<br>
You!? a tummy?! <i>no way</i><br><br><br>
wyrillco,<br>
I do many of my core moves with the ball.<br>
I'll often throw in moves with a resistance band or often with a 6-10 pound dumbbell or medicine ball.<br>
I'm not sure if it's 'better', but it is effective.<br><br>
homie,<br>
Thnx.<br>
those are some KICKIN' core moves...ouchy!
 

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Homer, could you explain what front/back.. etc. bridges are?<br><br>
Or perhaps point me to a site that will illustrate these?<br><br>
That ab workout looks painful but FUN!
 

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Maybe Homer means the plank or plank on elbows? That can be done prone, supine, and on each side.
 

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See my questions above!
 

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1a.<img alt="" src="http://www.fitness-island.com/pics/onderbuik_10a.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br>
1b. <img alt="" src="http://www.fitness-island.com/pics/onderbuik_10b.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
2a. <img alt="" src="http://www.healthytravelnetwork.com/assets/images/mountain-climbers-start.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br>
2b. <img alt="" src="http://www.healthytravelnetwork.com/assets/images/mountain-climbers-finish.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
7. <img alt="" src="http://kbierek.powweb.com/shapefit-pics/abs-exercises-scissor-kicks.gif" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
10. <img alt="" src="http://www.muellercenter.rpi.edu/Equipment/Other-machines/Leg-raises-Joanna-2.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Gotcha, homer! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Anyone going to attempt those? I've got a couple others that you can add to that routine, for an 8 minute ab workout.
 

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OMG. I found a great ab workout on my On Demand and I felt my abs all day yesterday and even today! Totally nutty! Must have been a good workout <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 
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