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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,443
1/15/14 6:19 P

I agree with the other posters. A lot of ab exercises will not give you a flat belly.

Burning fat is an all-body process, and you can't target where you lose weight from. Energy is delivered to the muscles via the bloodstream, NOT from being absorbed from surrounding fat stores. Ab exercises may build up the abdominal muscles, but will do absolutely nothing about the overlying layer of fat.

What you can do is to continue to reduce your overall body fat through a combination of cardio, all-body strength training and watching your intake, and some of it will naturally come off the belly.

A strong core is important, and should not be neglected. But for fat loss and a flat belly, you are better of working ALL of the body, rather than spending a lot of time focussing exclusively on the abs.


DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
1/15/14 3:52 P

mountain climbers, planks, leg raises, hip raises (lay on your back, legs straight in the air, lift your hips off the ground), v-ups (similar to a crunch but your legs in the air and you are reaching up to touch your toes), superman,

JENUINLEE SparkPoints: (8,664)
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1/13/14 6:17 P

Cruches and sit-up are boring and only work the upper half of your abs. You can do bicycle kicks and leg lifts (lie on your back with both legs straight up, slowly lower until several inches above the ground and lift back up). Planks are also a great ab work out. I dislike crunches but also do not mind doing situps on a large exercise balls, this way also takes pressure off your lower back. SparkPeople also provides more exercises for abs. Crunches are only one tool for ab work, and not even a highly effective one at that. Good Luck!

LOVINGLIFE45 Posts: 209
1/12/14 5:04 P

Thanks Archimedes II, I watched the video and I will incorporate those exercises into my daily routine.

ROBBIEY SparkPoints: (405,156)
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1/12/14 4:09 P

I hate floor work period, but I do crunches and sit ups regardless.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,313)
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1/12/14 4:01 P

Just be aware that core exercises will not give you a flat stomach; targeted exercises with the intent to remove fat from that area don't work! Fat loss is a total-body process. Where you lose first is primarily determined by genetics, not the exercises you do.

To quote the old saying: Great abs are made in the kitchen!

WARMSTRONG2 SparkPoints: (412,473)
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1/12/14 3:10 P

There are lists on that list the best an exercises. Find some you like.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (197,057)
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1/12/14 2:55 P


As ML noted, plank and side plank are two excellent exercises for your core.

Core exercises are much more efficient than sit ups. Sit ups have been around for year. the problem is that people tend to do them with very poor form. Doing any exercise with poor form increases your risk for injury.

If you're not sure what sorts of core exercises you could do, this link is an example of a beginner workout.

LOVINGLIFE45 Posts: 209
1/12/14 2:49 P

My overall goal is to flatten my stomach and gave defined abs.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,313)
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1/12/14 2:33 P

Then don't do them. :) What's your goal with core work?

LOVINGLIFE45 Posts: 209
1/12/14 7:54 A

Thank you motivated@last

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,443
1/12/14 6:50 A

Planks are a much better core exercise than either situps or crunches, as they work a much broader range of muscles.

Demos at

LOVINGLIFE45 Posts: 209
1/11/14 11:22 P

Can someone recommend an exercise that will take the place of situps besides crunches.

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