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Old 08-24-04, 10:17 PM
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Best Sit-up alternative

I dont have a HUGE belly but definitely enough to work on. Example: Its not noticeable with a shirt on and I can even do the "tummy stuck in" with my shirt off and look decent. Id rather not have to do that though and plus you cant stuck in love handles (which are slowly but surely developing). My question is what is the best alternative to doing sit-ups. I wanna a 6 pack but hate doin sit ups. Plus with my current knee injury (torn ACL) its hard to do and gonna be impossible for a while after surgery.
For those who dont wanna read that above paragraph Ill reiterate.

What is the best way to get rid of love handles and a belly without doing sit-ups?

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If you have a belly, get rid of the fat first, or you'll never see the muscles.

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Jog, bike, swim, etc. Any cardio. There's no spot reduction (infomercials want you for your money, not your stunning good looks). You have to burn off the layer of fat to show the muscles underneath, no way around it.
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If yu have a gut....Cardio and crunches (or variations). You need to do both to get rid of it. Same stuff applies, good diet, etc. There are a plethora of exercises to get muscles under the fat, but getting rid of the fat is the hard part.

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Consult with fitness celebrity John Basedow.
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yep
as mentioned above
doing ab workouts might help build some muscle
but it will only be hidden behind fat unless you do cardio

and when trying to reduce fat.. you cant really target areas.. fat can be seen as 1 big blob.. you pretty much just do whichever cardio will hold your interest and work the fat down..

and the bad news... with that 1 big blob of fat... its the stomach fat that is last to go, and hardest to get rid of
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Originally posted by JustinS
Consult with fitness celebrity John Basedow.
That guy looks like a preying mantis!



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Winsor Pilates!!!

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Its weird though, if I do sit ups for about two weeks straight, Ill see alot of improvement (muscles and everything) so maybe what Im constituting as a belly isnt an official belly? Im one of those people who see results rather quick when I work out. I used to play basketball about 3 to 4 hours a week (pre injury) but hate just plain jogging. I dont mind the bike though (gotta buy a stationary one).
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Yeah...pilates!
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In yoga we do a position called the plank and it does wonders on the abs. Basically get in pushup ready position - and now stay there for like a minute. It'll hurt after awhile. Repeat as necessary.
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If it didn't work, I don't think they'd be allowed to show it on tv.
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Your belly muscles contract upon orgasm.
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Originally posted by eXcentris
Your belly muscles contract upon orgasm.
Yeah, but then they get gooey stuff all over them.
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That guy looks like a preying mantis!
He looks all out of prportion, his body doesn't match his head. I'm sure that this guy was once a 90 lb weakling as I could have sworn that both me & him had sand kicked on our face a number of years ago at Jones beach.

I don't mind doing sit-ups, but the low-fat diet/cardio thing is beyond my will power, which is why I'll never have a 6-pack stomach. I'll settle for a couple of 2 liter bottles.

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The best way to lose love handles and a belly is to lose weight, not do abdominal exercises. Do regular cardiovascular exercise to burn calories and weight training to increase your metabolism, and watch what you eat.
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"One pound of flesh, no more no less. No cartilage, no bone, but only flesh. This task done... and he would go free."
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These people are steering you wrong with their time-consuming "exercises." Lipo, buddy. It'll take care of your problem in an afternoon.
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Pilates is a complete waste of time re: physical results.

Lose the fat, then do heavy squats, dragon flags, crunches, whatever.
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Get one of those ab-stimulator thingees they advertised on TV a couple of years ago or just hot wire cars with your belly.
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That usually wouldnt be a prob, Parcher, but the main reason I need alternatives squats, crunches and the like is cuz I wont be able to do much (nor am I doing much now) cuz my knee is messed up. Im still in pretty good shape but I dont wanna slip further and further til by the time Im 100% again Ill be out of shape.
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Originally posted by Parcher
Pilates is a complete waste of time re: physical results.

This is spoken by someone who clearly has not ever done pilates or yoga.
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Re: Best Sit-up alternative

Originally posted by gmal2003
What is the best way to get rid of love handles and a belly without doing sit-ups?
Fewer donuts?
Old 08-25-04, 02:47 PM
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Originally posted by suziq999
This is spoken by someone who clearly has not ever done pilates or yoga.
Pilates is a TOTAL waste of time re: physical (visible) results.
Old 08-25-04, 03:33 PM
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Originally posted by Parcher
Pilates is a TOTAL waste of time re: physical (visible) results.
I will have to tell my friend who teaches Pilates that.

Thanks Parcher!

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