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November 8, 2010 5:08 AM
good morning pals! I was wondering "when" is the right time to start targeting the abs area. I heard you shouldnt start doing crunches until you lose inches off your ab area. Mainly because you will just be strengthening your abs under the flab and skin, but it will never be seen because of the excess flab and skin.

My workout routine is cardio and strength but i dont do any ab crunches type exercises. Should I????
  898292
November 8, 2010 5:24 AM
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I heard you shouldnt start doing crunches until you lose inches off your ab area. Mainly because you will just be strengthening your abs under the flab and skin, but it will never be seen because of the excess flab and skin.


Well, even if you can't see those strengthened abs under your fat and skin, they will be strengthened, and that's what counts, right?
I'd say: if you feel like doing crunches, do them! Any exercise is always better than none, it's never too early to start with something, just don't forget to listen to your body :-)

MM
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November 8, 2010 6:43 AM
But i want to "see" the results more so than feel it
  898292
November 8, 2010 6:59 AM
First of all, I've got the Tootsie Roll Song stuck in my head now from your topic title. LOL

Second, do your ab work! No, you can't spot reduce by doing ab work. Yes, you will build muscle while you are building strength. But, if you do body weight exercise with high repetitions then you will focus on the slow-twitch muscle fibers that are generally used for aerobic type activity. Slow-twitch fibers do not have the ability to hypertrophy like fast-twitch (anaerobic) fibers, so you will build strength and density but not a lot of size. Building the strength in those muscles will allow them to act like a girdle too, squeezing in the visceral abdominal fat, so you may actually appear to get smaller even before you lose the body fat there. If all of your fat is above your abdominal muscles, then it won't work that way, but most people store fat in the midsection under the muscle and around the organs. ;-)
November 8, 2010 10:50 AM
Plus strengthening your ABS helps your posture, your lower back and all the rest of your core. You don't have to do crunches to work your core either. Every time you do a rep squeeze your abs as you blow out. It's amazing what you can do with out crunches.
Me, personally I love crunches but there is a whole slew of ways to work your core with out them.
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November 8, 2010 10:53 AM
You might as well strengthen your abs now so when you do lose the fat you will already have a six pack and won't have to do that AFTER you've worked so hard to lose fat. Doing ab exercises isn't going prevent you from losing fat
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