best routine for abs toning

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best routine for abs toning

Postby hb18 » Jul 03, 2006 18:12

any sugestions for the best exercise for abs toning, i was doing situps, but im wondering if there is anything more effective?
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Re: best routine for abs toning

Postby mat » Jul 04, 2006 04:38

hb18 wrote:any sugestions for the best exercise for abs toning, i was doing situps, but im wondering if there is anything more effective?


I never do sit-ups. I do V-sits, farmer burns, vacuum. Done daily these are all extremely good for toning the abs.

The abs are a very important part of the core stability muscles, so any exercise that requires you to maintain balance is very good for toning the abdominal area. Try things like doing hindu squats on a balance ball/wobble board.

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Re: best routine for abs toning

Postby dragon » Jul 04, 2006 05:23

hb18 wrote:any sugestions for the best exercise for abs toning, i was doing situps, but im wondering if there is anything more effective?



Depends what you mean by toning.

If you mean shape,sculpt,etc, for visual effect then the majority of the work is done in the kitchen,not the gym.

You could have the best ab routine and even the best abs,but if your diet is sub-standard you will probably never see them.

If you mean you want to build/condition your abs,your chosen sport can dictate the best routine(sets,reps,etc).


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Postby DanBor » Jul 04, 2006 06:46

Yes, diet is as much important as exercises.

The only thing I do for my abs is incorporating them into my push up rutine and it works great. That means when I do push ups I tense abs very hard.
You can also do them in pull ups rutine. Those exercises are very hard but you are working with your body as unit and that's a good thing if you are a martial artist.
In addition I sometimes perform sit ups with weights (low rep, heavier weights).

Important thing is to do them in low reps, no matter what exercises you are performing. Don't perform them in high reps like couple of 100 or something like that.
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Postby hb18 » Jul 04, 2006 16:54

well i looked into it, really i need to lose weight first, i mean im not fat, but i do have a bit of a roll forming round my stomach, and i read you need to have like 8% body fat for abs to be visable, so i think my ads are tomned cos i do do alot of sit ups and abs training, but im just a tad porky.

so i spose the new question is wats the most effective exersice for weight loss, im starting to do alot of skipping again?
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Postby dragon » Jul 06, 2006 06:11

Skipping is a good exercise,just makesure the intensity is high enough.
I've had a lot of success with the Tabata method.

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Postby DanBor » Jul 06, 2006 09:38

Which exercise did you use for Tabata Method?

I have read that 2 best exercises are front squats and thrusters (with the dumbells9.

How many times per week?
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Postby hb18 » Jul 06, 2006 13:19

how many skips woruld you recomned as being intense? how many should i be aiming for in a day?
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Postby dragon » Jul 07, 2006 03:31

Danbor:- I used Tabata with skipping or sprinting usually 3 times per week.

hb18:-I wouldn't aim for a set number of rotations when you skip,i'd aim for length of time at first.Because i train in martial arts/boxing i perform 3 minute rounds of boxing.
When you have built up your endurance(5 rounds for example) you will then know your comfortable pace from your intense pace.
Then you can use methods like Tabata.

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Postby BOy2K » Aug 08, 2006 08:51

depends on your goals to what abs work is needed.

if you want your abs to poke out more then you need to use resistance
training and work in the 8-12 rep zone.
(by poke out i mean be more pronounced individually)

if you want to cut your trunk and build endurance then you need to
work on high reps with no resistance.
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