IMRAHN: I agree in general that targeting the abs with certain exercises, say, such as crunches and planks and using ab machines might be a waste of time. A couple of years ago, despite my loose skin, I got some 8-packs/6-packs. And I did do a lot of "targeting" of the abs using ab straps/ab sleeves.
However in truth this is how I got my abs to show:
(1) I lost 45 pounds and got down to below 170
(2) I was very restrictive on my diet
(3) I got my body fat % under 10
(4) And I did regularly both cardio and strength-training
I really do think it is important to lose the fat first. Now, I pretty much have lost my 6-pack, simply because my body fat has gone back up and I have been less restrictive on my diet.
Develop an effective strength-training program. In my opinion, proper weight-lifting routines will not only build muscle but will target the abs, too. An intelligent combination of cardio and strength-training is the way to go, in my opinion.
Since there are jagillion number of ab exercises one can do and jagillion number of ab devices available, I would suggest that if you do decide at some point to "target" the abs, choose a very good ab exercise. This is where the disagreements come in: What is a good ab exercise? Ok, I am not a fitness expert. But I think the hanging ab exercises using ab straps/sleeves are superior exercises because they not only target the abs, they give an entire body workout.
Good luck! Whatever you are doing is working, and keep at it! You will get the results you want.
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