Category: Health > Fitness and Nutrition
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11 Jun 2006 01:50 PDT
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What are the 10 best exercises to get a six-pack? (firm stomach muscles) And briefly describe the exercises. Thanks
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From: myoarin-ga on 11 Jun 2006 13:35 PDT
1. Stop buying and "using" six-packs. (Sorry, maybe you don't anyway, but I just couldn't restrain myself. ;) 2. Situps, and more situps; straight forward, diagonally - left elbow to right knee and vice versa - and more situps. Someone told be that it can be bad for your back to do them with your knees flat down on the floor, so move your bottom closer to whatever is holding your feet down so your knees are bent. 3. For relief, do leg lifts. Repeat steps 2 and 3 four times to get the ten best exercises. If this gets boring, you can also do pushups. A sixback stomach looks better with good pectorals. And after doing a dozen or so, you can jump your legs up to your chest a few times, and then do some more pushups - before you collapse and roll over and start with leg lifts again. No, this isn't terribly serious, and I am sure someone can provide better information and suggest expensive machines to train on, but it is not incorrect. Do I? Well, sort of. I am about to do a very mild situp from my laid-back swivel chair and go see what a sixpack looks like. ;-)
From: sedo-ga on 12 Jun 2006 02:39 PDT
I can't come up with 10 different exercises, but here are a few that i know are quite effective: 1. sit-ups, but not the ones you usually see people do. Here's the trick: Lay down on the floor on your back. Now pull up your legs until they're in a 90 degree corner, so the lower part of your legs is about level with the floor (this is an important difference with standard sit-ups). Now put your hands behind your ears (so not behind your neck, your not supposed to pull yourself up with your arms, but with your abs!). If you still get pain in your neck, cross your arms over your chest) Now start the sit-ups: pull up far enough to take your shoulders off the floor. Your nose doesn't have to touch your knees, just up far enough to feel your abs tighten well. 2. An other useful exercise is a variation on the previous one. Here we go: lay down on the floor again, but this time put your legs straight up, so they point to the sky. It's important they're as straight upwards as possible. Now try to touch your ankles, or your shoes if you're wearing any. when you're up, hold your position for 1-2 seconds. 3. Another sit-up, but this time diagonally (I hope i'm spelling everything right btw, i'm Dutch). Here you go: lay down in the sit-up position again, so with your legs pulled up 90 degrees. Place your hands behind your ears. Now comes the new trick: pull up, but immediately start turning your upper body, left elbow to right knee and vice versa (as mentioned in the previous comment). It's important to keep your elbows spread, so don't pull them together. You should feel this in the abs on both sides of your stomach. You have different types of abs, and with these three exercises you'll train all of them. It should be pretty effective. Try to build up the exercises: if your abs are untrained, start with fifteen times for every exercise, with a couple minutes rest between the exercises. After a few weeks, build up to 20 times, and so on. If you have any questions, post them and if I see them I'll try and answer them. Good luck!!!
From: jshaw-ga on 28 Jun 2006 07:04 PDT
Let me add in the most important addition to the above comments...cardiovascular exercise and a healthy diet. All the situps in the world won't give you a 6-pack if you're carrying too much body fat around your stomach. It's more a function of how visible the muscles are than how strong/big they are. (That's why all the contestants on Survivor are ripped at the end of the show...not because they do crunches all day). Good luck. js
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