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Old 02-15-2011, 12:01 PM   #1
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This leads me to believe two things: A) the visible nature of the abdominal musculature is solely determined by a lack of subcutaneous fat, not by how many 1000ís of lame half-assed crunches you do; and B) squats and deadlifts are two of the most effective abdominal exercises available.
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Old 02-15-2011, 12:06 PM   #2
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my thoughts exactly, you can have the best abs in the world, but if they are covered/wrapped in fat then youll never know.

Squatds, Deads, OH Press and lately BB Calf Raises hit my abs and core much better than crunching myself in to oblivion 6 times a week

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Old 02-15-2011, 12:13 PM   #3
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I do like heavy situps, but beyond that ab exercise bore me to death.

On a side note...I've performed more direct ab work these past 2 months than I did for the last 24 years combined.
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Old 02-15-2011, 12:14 PM   #4
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Good to hear, 'cos I can't stand crunches, sit-ups and oblique twists and other abs exercises ad nauseum...
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Old 02-15-2011, 12:28 PM   #5
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I do like heavy situps, but beyond that ab exercise bore me to death.

On a side note...I've performed more direct ab work these past 2 months than I did for the last 24 years combined.
Has it made a noticeable difference ???

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Old 02-15-2011, 12:40 PM   #6
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No. Not at all. My one pack is still in tact.

I do feel it's helping with squats and lower back though.
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Good points, Carl and 5kg.

My ab work is really more for lower back support than anything else. Since I started doing weighed work (Front, side and back) my lower back pain is manageable (as opposed to intermittently debilitating).

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I do feel it's helping with squats and lower back though.
direct, HEAVY, ab work is necessary for a heavy squat. You simply cannot keep an upright position, big chest, arched lower back without strong abdominals.

my favorites are spud abs (pulldown abs with a spud forearm strap), and weighted decline situps (down with the weight worn "as a hat" held on or behind your head to increase the lever arm).
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Right now my lower back is taking a beating from sitting all day.

Looking to get my squat over a raw 500 by age 44. We'll see. Hopefully all this ab work will help my old bones.
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