Ab workouts- other than crunches?

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I want some new ab workouts, fun if thats at all possible. I need ones that define the waist and I guess burn some fat. I'm not really looking to lose weight, I just have this annoying slab of fat below my belly button. I also dont really want to build muscle. Any suggestions?
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jackie warner has a crunchless abs video. it's 15 mins standing and/or 15 mins floor work. it's good!! i bought it off collagevideos.com

also jeanette jenkins has a new abs video with kelly rowland. it looks good. lots of pilates type moves. the video is $25 now so i'm waiting for the price to go down before i buy it.

you can find videos on youtube too. the bodyrock tv people have good workouts that include abs. it's intense stuff.

i'm trying to conquer the ab wheel. that thing is killer. a lot of boxers use it.
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There's a really good yoga routine by Tara Stiles that burns fat and tightens abs. It's pretty easy, and only a small group of moves repeated 3 times.

Push ups are great all around workouts.

Planks.


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I love doing Pilates. It's not really like yoga as everyone describes, I think it can just look like yoga to someone watching it for the first time.

I always notice a difference in just two weeks when I start going to classes again. It's not "whoa, let me go sign up to be a Victoria's Secret model!" but there is definitely a noticeable difference in my stomach tone.

You can sign up for a class (I suggest this because they person can correct your form, plus an actual class will keep you motivated to go). Or you can buy a DVD or look up Youtube videos
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I have this, I do the ten minutes abs, they're so HARD.

Sometimes I do them twice in a row, I try to do them every other day but I usually end up only twice a week because I'm super lazy.

its ten frickin minutes! why am I so lazy.
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Do all pilates routines involve a lot of neck strain? I always wind up hurting.
Do all pilates routines involve a lot of neck strain? I always wind up hurting.
Originally Posted by ninja dog
That's usually a sign of weak abs. Once the abs get strong enough to keep up, the neck works less.


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It sure hurts in the meantime.
in my pilates classes if someone's neck hurts i either tell them to keep their head on the mat or support it with one hand.
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in my pilates classes if someone's neck hurts i either tell them to keep their head on the mat or support it with one hand.
Originally Posted by luvmylocs
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Are the moves still effective if one's head remains on the mat?
Are the moves still effective if one's head remains on the mat?
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thats what I was thinking also...maybe I'd have to try it.
Are the moves still effective if one's head remains on the mat?
Originally Posted by ninja dog
thats what I was thinking also...maybe I'd have to try it.
Originally Posted by foreverturtles
well i'm referring to moves like the single and double leg stretch. if you did those with your head on the mat until your neck felt better i think you'd still get some of the benefit. it even says in the article that it's an acceptable modification. this one is really good for the lower abs.
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That is exactly the kind of move that kills my neck.

I appreciate that you're trying to help, though.
You can do planks, the side bridge, flutter kicks, bicycle crunches, regular crunches

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Whenever I want to work out my abs I have a few exercises I do. I have learned these from my coaches throughout my 2 years of wrestling for my school. Pretty basic but I'm not complaining with the results.

You have your basic sit ups; Feet planted on the ground and coming all the way down and back up.

Crunchies: You legs should form a 90 degree angle in the air, with this you should come all the way up to your knees never fully touching the ground.

Jack Knives: Putting your legs straight in the air while your butt is still touching the ground. Work towards touching your toes then come all the way back down and repeat.

V-Ups: These are a variation of the Jack Knives. Instead of leaving your legs straight up, the will come down with you 6 inches. So you bring your legs straight up while reaching towards then, this time while your back is returning to the ground so do your legs but hold them 6 inches do not drop your legs completely.

6 Inches: Literally as it states just holding your legs up 6 inches. In this you you may add sub work outs to this including: Bicycles, Scissors and Choppies.
Bicycles: I think are pretty self explanatory. While doing the 6 inches act as if you were on a bicycle.
Scissors: While doing the 6 inches cross your feet over and under eachother.
Choppies: While still doing the 6 inches moving your legs up and down never touching the ground and never exceeding 1 foot.

Supermans: Pretty sure this is the exact same as planking. Lay on the ground tighten your tummy, keep your feet off the ground and hold your handing in front of you, as if you were superman!

Push up, Push ups, Push ups!: Not only does this work your abs, but it's obviously great for your arms as well. Don't be limited to traditional push ups. I have a list of different ones in this category too if you want them.

I hope this helped :3
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Whenever I want to work out my abs I have a few exercises I do. I have learned these from my coaches throughout my 2 years of wrestling for my school. Pretty basic but I'm not complaining with the results.

You have your basic sit ups; Feet planted on the ground and coming all the way down and back up.

Crunchies: You legs should form a 90 degree angle in the air, with this you should come all the way up to your knees never fully touching the ground.

Jack Knives: Putting your legs straight in the air while your butt is still touching the ground. Work towards touching your toes then come all the way back down and repeat.

V-Ups: These are a variation of the Jack Knives. Instead of leaving your legs straight up, the will come down with you 6 inches. So you bring your legs straight up while reaching towards then, this time while your back is returning to the ground so do your legs but hold them 6 inches do not drop your legs completely.

6 Inches: Literally as it states just holding your legs up 6 inches. In this you you may add sub work outs to this including: Bicycles, Scissors and Choppies.
Bicycles: I think are pretty self explanatory. While doing the 6 inches act as if you were on a bicycle.
Scissors: While doing the 6 inches cross your feet over and under eachother.
Choppies: While still doing the 6 inches moving your legs up and down never touching the ground and never exceeding 1 foot.

Supermans: Pretty sure this is the exact same as planking. Lay on the ground tighten your tummy, keep your feet off the ground and hold your handing in front of you, as if you were superman!

Push up, Push ups, Push ups!: Not only does this work your abs, but it's obviously great for your arms as well. Don't be limited to traditional push ups. I have a list of different ones in this category too if you want them.

I hope this helped :3
Originally Posted by xkaisu
How many reps do u do of each?
Whenever I want to work out my abs I have a few exercises I do. I have learned these from my coaches throughout my 2 years of wrestling for my school. Pretty basic but I'm not complaining with the results.

You have your basic sit ups; Feet planted on the ground and coming all the way down and back up.

Crunchies: You legs should form a 90 degree angle in the air, with this you should come all the way up to your knees never fully touching the ground.

Jack Knives: Putting your legs straight in the air while your butt is still touching the ground. Work towards touching your toes then come all the way back down and repeat.

V-Ups: These are a variation of the Jack Knives. Instead of leaving your legs straight up, the will come down with you 6 inches. So you bring your legs straight up while reaching towards then, this time while your back is returning to the ground so do your legs but hold them 6 inches do not drop your legs completely.

6 Inches: Literally as it states just holding your legs up 6 inches. In this you you may add sub work outs to this including: Bicycles, Scissors and Choppies.
Bicycles: I think are pretty self explanatory. While doing the 6 inches act as if you were on a bicycle.
Scissors: While doing the 6 inches cross your feet over and under eachother.
Choppies: While still doing the 6 inches moving your legs up and down never touching the ground and never exceeding 1 foot.

Supermans: Pretty sure this is the exact same as planking. Lay on the ground tighten your tummy, keep your feet off the ground and hold your handing in front of you, as if you were superman!

Push up, Push ups, Push ups!: Not only does this work your abs, but it's obviously great for your arms as well. Don't be limited to traditional push ups. I have a list of different ones in this category too if you want them.

I hope this helped :3
Originally Posted by xkaisu
How many reps do u do of each?
Originally Posted by fonki
The lowest rep for all should be 15 then switch to another, never stopping. Just straight working out no breaks for at least 20minutes, if you can do more that's even better. As for the superman and 6 inches, the first goal is 1 minute, then adding 30seconds there after reaching the goal.

Another thing I like to do is for 1 minute see how many sit ups I can do. Then move on to a reps of maybe 15 Jack Knives followed by 15 V-Ups. Then see how many crunchies I can do in a minute. Turn it over and do 15 push ups. Then flip it over 15 - what have you.

It's really what you find comfortable/challenging enough for yourself. It's all about pushing yourself. Also you don't have to set the bar as low/high as I do. If you can only do 5, then that's great you know just keep working til that number gets higher! Or if you can do 15 and that's just a breeze, up the rep.

This is just for me personally but anytime I "up" anything it is by :30seconds or by 5's in reps.

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