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Post  Jerry Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:13 pm

I always suspect the reason my belly is not as lean as before is because of, alright, partly the situp and crunch I do. Or maybe I don't do them right or not enough?

Help!

And this is a serious question. lol!
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Post  Mike MacLellan Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:45 pm

No.

Stressing a muscle causes microscopic tears that heal 2-3 days later and - generally - make the muscle a little bigger in the process. Nothing to do with fat.

Lower ab workouts (lay flat, lift legs, lower slowly, repeat... among others) are supposed to flatten your stomach so even after a larger meal, you don't get that food baby look Wink
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Post  Kenny B. Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:47 pm

Planks usually do a good job as well. Or liposuction. Your choice.
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Post  Jerry Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:49 pm

Mike MacLellan wrote:

Stressing a muscle causes microscopic tears that heal 2-3 days later and - generally - make the muscle a little bigger in the process. Nothing to do with fat.


Ok, fatten is the wrong word. I meant to say I have a bigger belly and am heavier than before. As a runner, shall I just quit doing it or maybe I haven't done enough?

Or as Kenny suggested, doing something different?
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Post  Jim Lentz Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:02 pm

I used to do crunches on an incline board with 50 pounds and it definitely caused my abs to protrude more as I gained a lot of muscle mass there. With abs you want low resistance with a lot of reps to build endurance and tone, but not mass.
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Post  Mike MacLellan Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:14 pm

Jim's got it right regarding low weight/high reps. Yes, muscle mass will cause weight gain. And muscle mass does make your stomach muscles bigger. Personally, I do just enough core work to feel like I'm getting some benefit from it without growing crazy abs. So, 1-3x/week, depending on if I'm lazy. Oh, and sex helps, too.
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Post  Dave-O Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:08 pm

Mike MacLellan wrote:So, 1-3x/week, depending on if I'm lazy. Oh, and sex helps, too.

My human phys teacher in High School always told us that if you run, swim and have sex in a day, you exercise every single muscle in the body. No idea if that's true or not, but it always got the attention of horny high schoolers.

Oh, and what Jim said about high reps, low resistence for core work.
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Post  Nick Morris Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:17 pm

Dave-O wrote:
Mike MacLellan wrote:So, 1-3x/week, depending on if I'm lazy. Oh, and sex helps, too.

My human phys teacher in High School always told us that if you run, swim and have sex in a day, you exercise every single muscle in the body. No idea if that's true or not, but it always got the attention of horny high schoolers.

Oh, and what Jim said about high reps, low resistence for core work.





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Post  Mike MacLellan Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:57 pm

Dave-O wrote:
Mike MacLellan wrote:So, 1-3x/week, depending on if I'm lazy. Oh, and sex helps, too.

My human phys teacher in High School always told us that if you run, swim and have sex in a day, you exercise every single muscle in the body. No idea if that's true or not, but it always got the attention of horny high schoolers.

Oh, and what Jim said about high reps, low resistence for core work.

Funny, as I was supposed to be going to the pool yesterday until a friend bailed out. Oh well, two for three ain't bad. Laughing
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Post  Mrs. Schuey Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:26 pm

Mike MacLellan wrote:
Dave-O wrote:
Mike MacLellan wrote:So, 1-3x/week, depending on if I'm lazy. Oh, and sex helps, too.

My human phys teacher in High School always told us that if you run, swim and have sex in a day, you exercise every single muscle in the body. No idea if that's true or not, but it always got the attention of horny high schoolers.

Oh, and what Jim said about high reps, low resistence for core work.

Funny, as I was supposed to be going to the pool yesterday until a friend bailed out. Oh well, two for three ain't bad. Laughing
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Post  Nick Morris Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:53 pm

Mike MacLellan wrote:
Dave-O wrote:
Mike MacLellan wrote:So, 1-3x/week, depending on if I'm lazy. Oh, and sex helps, too.

My human phys teacher in High School always told us that if you run, swim and have sex in a day, you exercise every single muscle in the body. No idea if that's true or not, but it always got the attention of horny high schoolers.

Oh, and what Jim said about high reps, low resistence for core work.

Funny, as I was supposed to be going to the pool yesterday until a friend bailed out. Oh well, two for three ain't bad. Laughing





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Post  Mrs. Schuey Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:27 am

Nick Morris wrote:
Mike MacLellan wrote:
Dave-O wrote:
Mike MacLellan wrote:So, 1-3x/week, depending on if I'm lazy. Oh, and sex helps, too.

My human phys teacher in High School always told us that if you run, swim and have sex in a day, you exercise every single muscle in the body. No idea if that's true or not, but it always got the attention of horny high schoolers.

Oh, and what Jim said about high reps, low resistence for core work.

Funny, as I was supposed to be going to the pool yesterday until a friend bailed out. Oh well, two for three ain't bad. Laughing


HAHAHAHAHA!!!


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Post  ChasMcG Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:04 pm

I'm with whoever said sex. Not masturbation though. That's only good for the forearms. Just sayin'





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