Hey MM, don't get discouraged. I had a hell of a time with the air bikes the first week and couldn't really do them right but by week 10 I was laughing at myself for thinking 12 was nearly impossible- thats how easy they had become in that short time. Kristin suggestion about putting your hand on your abs to focus on them. Slow is ok- its actually better. Some Physical therapy exercises I was doing to help ( add 10-15 of these in every day if you want)! Pelvic tilts-- there are many variations of these, like lifting one knee, swimming arms up, balancing on a foam roller while doing them. BridgeUps They are all low impact, but excellent way to increase ab strength without pain.
I don't think you need to worry that your abs aren't getting worked enough because they aren't sore. I didnt have too many days where my abs were sore.
Abs are tough. Way back, I would have problems with them and would have neck strain. What I did to to focus more on them (this may not be kosher but worked for me), took a stick (something long enough to go behind me just below my neck (top of shoulders) placed the hands behind it and focused on the stomach when I did the crunch up. It took the strain off my neck and actually helped me work them. Almost like it didn't allow me to feel it elsewhere. Also, maybe have your kids place a hand on your abs as you work them to help you focus more on them.
They will get stronger, just keep at it. I love abs now and feel them. It will come:)
I just finished week 1 of exercises (rest days begin today) and my abs are not hurting. Shoulders yes, abs no.
I desperately want my abs to hurt, i need core strength to improve.
I didnt feel pain(or discomfort) during the 2 ab exercises either. My problem, i cant do them, i cant lift my shoulders off the floor to bicycle. I did the best i couuld but im starting to think i have no ab muscles....ugh
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