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Ab workouts for weight loss


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Hey guys!! Anyone have any good Ab workouts (besides typical crunches) to help lose weight and burn fat?
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Ab workouts are not very good for losing weight. Look at the workouts listed in the sticky at the top of the fitness forum. You need to workout your whole body and it will burn more calories and you will get fit.

That being said, plank variations will work all the muscles around your middle (front, side and back) and build your core strength, which is a good thing. There are countless plank variations.

Squats and deadlifts.

I was going to ask the same question. I know you can't spot reduce but I'd like to strengthen and tighten the muscles as I'm losing so I'm not too jiggly along the way,

I've recently become a convert to the circuit style training of Jillian Michaels (love her Ripped in 30 and Banish Fat/Boost Metabolism DVDs).  Her 6pack in 6 weeks is based on the same premise - it's a full body work out with circuits of weight, cardio, and ab exercises, with a strong focus on abs.  I haven't tried it myself, but a friend of mine has had excellent results.

Instead of doing exercises that just work the abs, I focus on exercises that work other muscles in addition to abs.  Examples being push-ups, deadlifts, squats, and pull-ups.  Just make sure you're engaging your abs when you do these lifts.  Two  birds with one stone.

Also, planks are always a good standard for ab exercises.

Original Post by gavibear:

I was going to ask the same question. I know you can't spot reduce but I'd like to strengthen and tighten the muscles as I'm losing so I'm not too jiggly along the way,

The muscle layer is always tight.  The "jiggle" is the fat or skin layer covering the muscle.  Neither the fat nor skin gets targeted from working a muscle.   Fat comes off in the reverse order that you gained it - regardless of whether you work that area or not.  So the best strategy is to work the muscles that burn the most calories (legs, upper back, chest). 

 

I do a full body wirk out three times a week plus extra free weights on my Zumba days. I try and work abs every workout day as well. I just notice that with me if I work the area/ muscle groups things shift better. I have a lot of weight to lose but I can feel the muscles start to reshape (if that makes any sense). Basically I seen some people lose the weight but not really work the muscles and be flabby skinny, kwim? I'd rather be equally concerned with weight, appearance and health rather than just numbers. I had a program before tell me to not really workout becaused it messed with the weight numbers and it just didn't work long term. I'm trying to get different exercise ideas to keeps moving forward and I just seem to draw a blank when it comes to abs. Thanks for the suggestions.
Original Post by gavibear:

 Basically I seen some people lose the weight but not really work the muscles and be flabby skinny, kwim?  

The abdominal muscles are a thin layer and don't have the capacity to grow much bigger than they are.  So working your abs won't do much to fill in the space behind stretched-out skin or subcutaneous fat.  

Ab exercises truly have very little effect on the appearance of one's midsection.  If you notice your abs improving, it's probably your other exercises, and your diet, that are causing the improvement.  

Thanks cherimoose. I'll remember that.
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