Effective Abs

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Registered: 09-23-2006
Effective Abs
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Mon, 11-10-2008 - 7:57am
In your opinion, what are the most effective abdominal exercises?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
In reply to: dancin75
Mon, 11-10-2008 - 8:40am

I actually don't think there is an answer to this question. The path to "effective abs" is probably getting in the habit of just using your core with everything that you do and making that the norm.

I think the only reason I feel a particular ab/core exercise is because I haven't done it before or in a while. But there is no single exercise that I can do that I feel every single time. Which is why I think the "best" ab exercise is teaching your body to recruit your core muscles all of the time.

Did I tell you guys that my physical therapist taught me that one of the easiest ways to activate your transverse abdominus is do your kegels? :D Fun, eh?

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-20-2003
In reply to: dancin75
Mon, 11-10-2008 - 8:46am
I agree w/ what kel says.





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Registered: 07-09-2008
In reply to: dancin75
Mon, 11-10-2008 - 9:30am
I like to change it up because with each different exercise, I get sore, which tells me that I am working hard?
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Registered: 11-09-2001
In reply to: dancin75
Mon, 11-10-2008 - 2:41pm
I know crunches on a fitness ball have been shown to work all the ab muscles - especially if you go back and really get a lot of leverage each time you come up. I go through phases of what I enjoy doing. When I last worked out - 3 weeks ago!! - I was just doing crunches on the floor with my legs
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-20-2003
In reply to: dancin75
Mon, 11-10-2008 - 3:15pm
I do a variety of sets and reps. But, as with most muscle groups, I firmly believe that if someone is doing hundreds of crunches, you need to make it harder.





iVillage Member
Registered: 09-23-2006
In reply to: dancin75
Tue, 11-11-2008 - 7:45am
Going to these classes lately, I have really noticed how many people dont know what proper form is.

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Registered: 09-25-2003
In reply to: dancin75
Tue, 11-11-2008 - 8:57am

Do you, as instructors, get tired of educating people on form over and over again?

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-20-2003
In reply to: dancin75
Tue, 11-11-2008 - 10:13am
As squats go, the biggest problem I see is people not sitting back so their knees go over their toes.





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Registered: 03-20-2003
In reply to: dancin75
Tue, 11-11-2008 - 10:19am
I cue like crazy but I think people just tune me out. Even if I go up next to the person and say it, they don't listen.





iVillage Member
Registered: 07-09-2008
In reply to: dancin75
Tue, 11-11-2008 - 10:25am
Know that their are quiet gym "geeks" like me who really appreciate all of the cuing and advice on form.

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