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fatnomore 06-30-2012 11:36 AM

Best ab exercises
 
What are the best ab exercises to do to tone up my stomach? I lost a ton of weight and am ready to begin shaping my stomach. And please do not say crunches.

bruteforce 06-30-2012 11:38 AM

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Originally Posted by fatnomore (Post 255350)
What are the best ab exercises to do to tone up my stomach? I lost a ton of weight and am ready to begin shaping my stomach. And please do not say crunches.

Y U NO LIEK CRUNCHES?

If you want some non-standard ab work, do
Goblet Squats
Deadlifts
Any olympic lift
Weighted carries

Chillen 06-30-2012 12:20 PM

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Originally Posted by fatnomore (Post 255350)
What are the best ab exercises to do to tone up my stomach? I lost a ton of weight and am ready to begin shaping my stomach. And please do not say crunches.

A targeted and purposeful diet and a combination and manipulation of exercises in which the focus point is reducing body fat low enough to reveal the muscle definition underneath, is my short opinion on toning.

This can be done with compound major exercises (indirect core work where the core acts and functions as a stabilizer), and some direct core work (where the purpose "should be") to minimize (as much as possible) the hip flexors involvement in taking over the movement pattern, cardio, if desired, or if one responds well to it, and manipulation of the routine to make it more metabolic in nature.

The major compound lifts (will work the core indirectly through stability and support during the function of the movement), will "aide in keeping as much muscle as possible" as you focus your attention on diet to reduce body fat. And, the direct core exercises, will strengthen and some cases tighten the core, and assist in building endurance (if rep range is correct, but WILL NOT TONE the area).

Its all about diet here and manipulating exercise to maintain the muscle you have (and strengthening and building "up" the core), while focusing some of the routine on reducing body fat.

ricka182 06-30-2012 12:51 PM

+1 weighted carries and deads. I also rip my core to pieces with planks on a ball, 90 seconds on 30 seconds off. Repeat as often as you can until you cry. Do 2-3 sets of these, with 5 minutes in between for rest. Yes, it's going to hurt. If it doesn't, do 120s on, 15 off, or some other variable.

And also, incline weighted situps work well.

And there's always crunches.. :P

leefarley 06-30-2012 02:18 PM

i like weighted situps and incline situps weighted leg raises and sidebends for direct ab work,

Disciple X 06-30-2012 05:14 PM

Ab wheel is brutal...

Trevor Lane 07-01-2012 04:58 AM

My top:
Cable Crunches
Beltless front squats
Beltless deadlifts
Beltless OH squats
Atlas Stones or Zercher dealifts (beltless of course)

dmaipa 07-01-2012 10:07 AM

First and top priority for favorite ab exercise..NUTRITION!

then of course I like hanging leg raises, cable crunches, plank variations, and all the compound lifts especially front squat, overhead squat, deadlift, etc


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