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SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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4/2/13 10:31 P

Hi,

You can work your lower abdominal region by doing a plank, reverse crunches, hanging leg raises, as well as many other exercises you can find in the fitness library. Just remember though, no muscle works in isolation and it's just as important to work your back and obliques to keep muscle balance. However, as I mentioned before, if you have had any history of lower back pain, you need to discuss this with your doctor first.

Coach Nancy

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4/2/13 10:12 P

There's no such thing as the "lower" abddominal muscles. Your abdominus rectus muscle runs from your groin to your sternum and is one muscle. You can't work part of a muscle.

Generally speaking, whole-body moves like Plank and its variants are safer for lower back risk than crunching or curling.

If you're trying to reduce fat in the region, though, no exercises will target fat from any specific part of the body. Include whole-core exercise because it's good for you, and keep up the appropriate calorie deficit diet, and the fat will come from wherever your genetics determines it will.

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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4/2/13 9:02 P

Hi,

If you have a history of lower back pain it is best to ask your doctor as to what exercise he/she recommends. Otherwise you may want to check out SparkPeople Fitness Library located in the Activity and Videos drop down menu in the Fitness Resource Center.

Coach Nancy

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4/2/13 7:11 P

Can anyone recommend and exercise to strengthen lower abdominal muscles that is easy on the lower back?

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