working out the abs.

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www-WeLoan-us
2/26/07 10:23:00AM
any of you mma guru's have any good exercises for the abs besides sit ups? Thanks in advance
Gladiator
2/26/07 11:51:37AM
using a 12lb. medicine ball is great for your abs. you just lay on your back and move it side to side using your abs to twist your body back and forth, or if want to work your lower abdominals you just put it between your knees and slowly lift your legs sraight up and out while keeping your back completely flat on the ground. its also great for stomache conditioning if you just tighten your stomache as much as possible and drop the ball on ur abs from about a ft. up
www-WeLoan-us
2/26/07 11:58:08AM
much appreciated....
EEKS
3/1/07 7:26:11AM
Those exersices Gladiator mentioned are killer for your abs, i do them everytime i train, leaves you feeling soar though. Theres one i do that involves an inflatable big ball, you are in the push up position with your arms fully extended but both legs must be resting on the ball, so pretty much the only thing holding you up is the ball and your hands, you then bring your knees towards your chest and hold, then bring back. Besides working your abs it also works your obliques.
BloodandTears
3/1/07 11:55:50AM
Building muscle on your abs is great, but if your wanting to see them its ALL about diet, You gotta burn the fat! Summo wrestlers have massive stomach muscles, but with their diets you cant see them. You can do all the working out you want, but again if you want the washboard effect, take my advice and diet, cut the fat!
MethodMan
3/2/07 9:12:19AM
there are fighters muscles and their are showing off on the beach muscles. really developed abs especially from overuse of an abs craddle actually hinder proper movement and lead to a weakening of the lower back muscles no good for a decent ground game. Go for core strength developed from swiss ball exercise or just running that gets you trim.
Brick
3/2/07 8:00:32PM
Yeah, I'd say who cares about seeing them, you want strong abs for fighting, how they "look" is irrelevant.

A couple of tips:

Most people focus on crunches which work the middle abs, but don't neglect the obliques as these will take their fair share of punishment as well from body hooks. A simple one is to get into crunch position on your back, curl up your legs so your knees are almost fully bent, then lay your legs to one side flat on the floor. Do your crunches in this position so your side muscles are doing the work, you'll feel the burn in your side and notice the difference.

Also agree with the previous comments about some sort of medicine ball, and side-to-side movement during your crunches.

Other exercises which work abs while working something else:

Leg raises: Lie flat on your back with legs ram-rod straight, lift them straight in the air to 90 degrees extremely slowly, lower extremely slowly.

Mountain climbers: Push up position with one leg extended, the other one pulled up with knee to chest, exchange legs rapidly. These tire out my legs first, but feel it in my abs after I am done.

And don't forget simply trading punches to the gut with a partner. Nothing silly, just medium-strength punches back and forth, maybe 20 reps or so three times a week.
greeneyebandit
3/2/07 11:07:39PM
Ok here is some advice from a x-pro fighter...Building ab muscles and and actually seeing them is two different things. The best excercise for building abs is the old fashion wheel with the handle on both sides. Get on your knees and roll out until your about three inches from the floor then roll back up...repeat...do 5 sets of 20 starting out and increase as your strength increases. Next hold onto a pull up bar and bring your knees to your chest...do sets and increase as strength increases. Inverted crunches hanging upside down also burn...If you want to see your abs that's diet my friend. Low fat
ordean
3/7/07 6:00:02PM
bicycle crunches.....lots of them.
Mastodon2
3/15/07 7:13:39AM

Posted by EEKS

Those exersices Gladiator mentioned are killer for your abs, i do them everytime i train, leaves you feeling soar though. Theres one i do that involves an inflatable big ball, you are in the push up position with your arms fully extended but both legs must be resting on the ball, so pretty much the only thing holding you up is the ball and your hands, you then bring your knees towards your chest and hold, then bring back. Besides working your abs it also works your obliques.



This is it right here. I've got a whole book on abs, divided into 2 halves; training Abs and seeing Abs. You can have underdeveloped abs, but low Body fat and you will see them. You can have huge abs but a big gut (like the sumo!) and you wont see them.

The book hammers home the message time and time again, if you want beach body style abs, you need a high protein, low fat diet, combined with good cardio workouts to take the fat off and Abs workouts to enhance the muscles.
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