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Abs and the 'spare tire'...
      03/08/05 04:41 PM
retrograde

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My question is.... about abs.... if you have a big tire around the waist (like I still kinda do) is a lot of ab work really helping or should I wait until most of the tire is gone??




No reason to wait on strength training (for any body part, including abs) - the stronger your muscles, the more your body will be at burning calories because it boosts your metabolism.

Unfortunately, spot reduction is another myth - you can't lose fat JUST around your waist or 'target' it for weight loss. Where fat drops off first is determined genetically, so just doing crunches all day is not going to have any different effect for fat loss than doing a total body workout. However, you still want to tone your abs for when that fat does drop off, so make sure you're doing some ab work at each workout, and don't forget about your obliques too!

I know you already work out lots (your story in the newsletter was amazing!) including cardio. Short, hard bouts of cardio are the best bet for fat loss, such as 15-20 mins each time, high intesnsity interval training (alternating between high intesnity and low intensity, 1 min fast, 1 min slow, 1 min fast, 1 min slow etc...). Those really long 60 mins sessions of jogging - great if you want to increase your health and vitality, but high intensity for short periods of time is what you need to lose fat.

Hope that helps!

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* I have a fitness/working out question
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/07/05 06:41 PM
* Re: I have a fitness/working out question
RGS
03/08/05 11:49 PM
* Can anyone recommend weights to start with?
Snow for Sarala
03/09/05 12:00 AM
* Re: Can anyone recommend weights to start with?
Lyndsey
03/09/05 06:38 PM
* Re: Can anyone recommend weights to start with?
e_mcmaster
03/09/05 01:16 PM
* Re: Can anyone recommend weights to start with?
Snow for Sarala
03/09/05 03:57 PM
* Re: Can anyone recommend weights to start with?
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/09/05 08:09 PM
* Try starting with household objects...
Linz
03/10/05 04:37 AM
* Re: Can anyone recommend weights to start with?
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/09/05 07:30 AM
* My two cents
e_mcmaster
03/08/05 09:06 PM
* Re: My two cents
suarez
03/28/05 07:09 AM
* My lifting schedule...
e_mcmaster
03/28/05 09:23 AM
* Re: My lifting schedule...
suarez
03/28/05 09:54 AM
* Re: My lifting schedule...
e_mcmaster
03/28/05 11:04 AM
* Re: My lifting schedule...
suarez
03/28/05 12:19 PM
* Ah-ha!
e_mcmaster
03/28/05 07:20 PM
* Re: Ah-ha!
suarez
03/29/05 07:42 AM
* Re: Ah-ha!
e_mcmaster
03/29/05 11:30 AM
* Re: Ah-ha!
suarez
03/29/05 12:00 PM
* Re: Ah-ha!
e_mcmaster
03/30/05 09:06 AM
* Re: Ah-ha!
suarez
03/30/05 09:25 AM
* Try fitday.com...
Linz
03/29/05 07:55 AM
* Re: Try fitday.com...
suarez
03/29/05 10:16 AM
* Re: My two cents
retrograde
03/09/05 08:39 AM
* Re: My two cents
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/09/05 07:28 AM
* Re: My two cents
e_mcmaster
03/09/05 01:15 PM
* Re: My two cents
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/09/05 08:11 PM
* Re: My two cents
epa_ginger
03/10/05 07:03 AM
* I count crunches as strength training...
Linz
03/10/05 04:33 AM
* Warning here!
Linz
03/09/05 07:33 AM
* You're right
e_mcmaster
03/09/05 01:12 PM
* Re: You're right
Lyndsey
03/09/05 06:45 PM
* Re: I have a fitness/working out question
Jane Doe
03/08/05 12:30 PM
* Re: I have a fitness/working out question
retrograde
03/07/05 09:04 PM
* Re: I have a fitness/working out question
Shell Marr
03/08/05 11:30 AM
* Retrograde
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/07/05 09:16 PM
* Re: Retrograde
Kimm
03/08/05 12:41 PM
* Lies about weight lifting, bulking up and fat loss....!!!!!
retrograde
03/08/05 03:53 PM
* Sorry I'm jumping in....
epa_ginger
03/09/05 08:32 AM
* I want arms like Jennifer Garner
Little Minnie
03/09/05 03:35 PM
* Re: I want arms like Jennifer Garner
epa_ginger
03/10/05 07:05 AM
* Re: I want arms like Jennifer Garner
Little Minnie
03/10/05 09:33 AM
* Re: Sorry I'm jumping in....
retrograde
03/09/05 08:52 AM
* Re: Lies about weight lifting, bulking up and fat loss....!!!!!
Kimm
03/09/05 07:46 AM
* Yikes! Laurel...I missed this before when I posted...but...
Snow for Sarala
03/09/05 12:22 AM
* Re: Yikes! Laurel...I missed this before when I posted...but...
retrograde
03/09/05 08:49 AM
* I bought 3 lb. dumbells for at home......
Snow for Sarala
03/21/05 08:14 PM
* Good for you!
epa_ginger
03/22/05 07:13 AM
* Re: I bought 3 lb. dumbells for at home......
retrograde
03/21/05 08:47 PM
* I LOVED that cite......
Snow for Sarala
03/21/05 09:03 PM
* Re: Great weight training site!
Sparky
03/09/05 10:20 AM
* Re: Lies about weight lifting, bulking up and fat loss....!!!!!
Shell Marr
03/08/05 04:23 PM
* additional comment about weights
Little Minnie
03/08/05 06:28 PM
* Abs and the 'spare tire'...
retrograde
03/08/05 04:41 PM
* Question on AB excercises
Augie
03/10/05 12:01 PM
* Re: Abs and the 'spare tire'...
Shell Marr
03/08/05 05:38 PM
* Re: Retrograde
retrograde
03/07/05 09:26 PM
* I signed up for fitday
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/10/05 09:44 AM
* Re: Retrograde
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/08/05 06:54 AM
* Re: I have a fitness/working out question
atomic rose
03/07/05 08:45 PM
* Re: I have a fitness/working out question
Shell Marr
03/08/05 11:28 AM
* casey
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/07/05 09:19 PM
* Give it time!
Linz
03/08/05 05:53 AM
* thanks Linz
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/08/05 06:57 AM

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