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How To Flatten Lower Abs
Work w a trainer.: For flatter abdomen eat healthy & get physically active. Calories burned > calories consumed. To tighten ab's: crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball crunches, pelvic thrusts, lying leg raises, side bridge & “bicycling” exercise on back. Engage in regular aerobic exercise (i.e. running, swimming, Nordic track, bicycling, kickboxing, walking, cross country skiing, hiking, etc.) ...Read more
Can someone with rods in their spine do anything to flatten their abs? What exercises are possible?
I workout a lot. I even can see my abs! however, the shape of my belly is round, not giving that flat lean fit look. Why? How can I flatten my belly?
Nutrition: Ta achieve the 6 pack look you will need to drop your total body fat content down tho the 5-10% range compared to the 20 % average of most normal guys at your age.You may have worked out enough to have good abs, but the normal distribution of body fat prevents them from appearing better defined.Most compedative body builders get down to the 3-5% body fat range for competiotion. ...Read more
Not necessarily. : No single exercise can train the entirety of the rectus abdominus effectively through all the possible ranges of motion. Separating upper and lower abdominal is one method, but the bottom line is a wide variety of exercises, that train all parts of the muscle and the obliques, both isolating and non-isolating are necessary. Constantly change the exercises, challenge in different ways for results. ...Read more
Doing cruches at gym and it felt like my lower abs rolled over. Painful, happens a lot during abs. Eventually goes away slowly.
Abdominals: Happens all the time to me too....it's just cramping of the muscles from overuse. Once you build up your tolerance to the amount of ab exercises you do, it will happen less often ...Read more
Absolutely, but...: Many exercises exist that target and isolate the lower abdominals: leg raises, reverse crunches, and planks are examples. However, to selectively define the muscles of your lower abdomen is usually not possible, without building an overall ecto/meso-morphic body type with a very low body fat percentage. ...Read more
Cardio Mix: You can not target the abdomen specifically for weight loss - if you have adipose tissue to lose (not everyone does), then consider an increase in cardio and a balanced diet. However, do not always do the same exercise or you will increase your risks for stress injuries. Mix things up with walking, running, biking, swimming, or circuit training. Ultimately you need to burn more than you consume. ...Read more
Abdominal exercise: While sit-ups can increase abdominal muscle mass they will only minimially help you loose stomach fat, if any. To loose adipose tissue work on a cardio mix (walking, running, biking, swimming, circuit training, etc - mix it up). Keep in mind that you can not target one specific area of the body to loose weight, and over time the adipose will decrease in many areas of your body (stomach included). ...Read more
Terminology Confusin: Upper abs usually referred to the area above the belly button; lower abs referred to the area below the belly button. Flanks refer to the side of the abdomen, otherwise known as the “love handles” or “muffin top”. Best to communicate directly in front of a full-length mirror to avoid miscommunication with your plastic surgeon. Helpful to have your surgeon draw on your torso prior to proceeding. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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