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When to Work Your Abs During Your Workout

Fit Tip: Crunch Time

Just a little reminder to keep working your abs even though all the sit ups in the world will not reduce your belly fat: Strong abs are important for the health of your back! The great thing about working your abs is that the exercises to do so can be incorporated easily into both cardio and strength-training routines.

On cardio days, once you are warmed up, you can do your abs before or after your aerobic workout. During strength-training workouts, eDiets suggests adding them into the middle of your routine. The important thing is to work your abs before you’re too fatigued to do the exercises correctly. Quality over number of reps is the name of the game.

Fit's Tips: You can effectively work your abs with three nonconsecutive workouts a week. Also, make sure to target all layers of your abdominal muscles — crunches for the top layer, twisting moves, like the bicycle for both layers of obliques, and pull the belly in for the deep abs.

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mparker mparker 8 years
I have been working out for almost a year now, and ab work is my fave. I got tired of doing crunches on the floor, so I bought a stability ball and do my ab work on that now, and its the best. There are alot of effective ab routines that don't required floor work... if you're in NY, try Exericse TV on Demand (Time Warner Cable)... its the best! Saves me a ton on gym memeberships!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I need to do these...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
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Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
I can do a lot of crunches to, if there were only a way to lose all belly fat without too much weight loss.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I can do SO many crunches, but my belly is where all my fat goes. I'm like an apple with stick legs and arms. yuck. Anyway, I love doing ab work tho, it's one of those workouts that I always feel strong doing!
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