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Six Pack & Pecks

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
Summer approaching and I need to tighten my six-pack and develop my pecks to complement my Egyptian tan, ha.

What's the best basic exercise to tighten up a six-pack, sit ups got me half way there, what did Brad have to do for that 'Fight Club' six pack? Pecks from push ups?

Thankyou

[ 06-03-2002: Message edited by: Puertarica ]

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    The only way you'll get abs like Brad Pitt in Fight Club is if you drop body fat so your abdominals will show. Well, this combined with a lot of ab work too, but all the ab work in the world won't do much for you (well, they'll be strong but they won't show anyway) unless you have very little fat on top of them.

    Try pikeups. Lie on your back with your arms extended over your head, then keeping your legs and arms straight raise them both up so that your fingers touch your toes (or as close as you can get) Works lower and upper abs.

    Another good abs exercise are leg raises, which involve lying on your back with your hands under your ass, keeping your legs an inch or two off the ground raise them while keeping them straight until your toes are pointing at the ceiling. This focuses on your lower abs.

    To get the developed obliques (muscles on the side of your stomach) you have to do different situps. Lie down like you normally would for situps, then turn at your waist so your knees are lying on the ground to one side. Then do situps like normal. Switch so your knees are to the other side, repeat.

    a good cardio workout a few times a week will burn excess calories and reduce your body fat combined with weight lifting.

    Do you belong to a gym? A good way to exercise your pecs are butterflys. Lay on a bench with dumbells starting with them parallel to your shoulders, press them up then together so at full extension they are touching each other. Find a weight that you can repeat 10-12 times before you're exhausted, this will build bulk and strength, then do three or four sets of 10-12 reps.
    If you belong to a gym, cable crossovers are even better, in my opinion.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thankyou for the epic, USC Alex. Appreciated and good information.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    no problem

    I've been working to get my abs back for a while and so along the way I picked up some good info-glad to be able to share it.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Another one if you want REALLY good abs is to sit on the floor with your knees bent and you feet on the floor. Now lean back keeping your back just of the floor and and your feet on the floor. (A partner to hold your feet down or a bar to hook your feet under may help) and the stretch your arms out behind you over your head. Hold this position for ten seconds then rest for ten seconds - you have just done one set. Do ten sets of this, if your stomach muscles are feeling pumped then you are doing it right. The difficulty can be modified by where you put your arms, and if you are finding it too easy then you can use something like a medicine ball in your hands to make it even harder.

    If you need any more let me know <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

    Goddamn it - two fitness related threads in a day and Alex beats me to both <IMG SRC="tongue.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Alistair:
    <STRONG>
    Goddamn it - two fitness related threads in a day and Alex beats me to both <IMG SRC="tongue.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"></STRONG>

    Ha. I was just waiting for you to get here. I should have been nice and left one for you but.... <IMG SRC="tongue.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    BTW Alistair,

    That sounds like a hell of an ab exercise. I think I"m going to try it out today. Let you know how it goes.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yeh, they are great for proper square pecs, as they use the muscles for what they are designed for, stabilising rather than acting as prime movers. They can really nacker you out, meaning lots of improvement <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">. I'm rubbish at them as I never really bother wit my abs much, as they have less relivance to my sport than the other muscles.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Alex?

    Did you try the exercise? If so, what did you think?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Looked all around the gym for something to hold my feet with, would you believe there's nothing of the sort?

    So ended up doing them at home, awkwardly.
    I used the big chest I have in my room for dirty clothes to stick over my feet (ouch). It worked, but I've got to find something better....or someone to do them with.

    My workout partner moved to to NY a month and a half ago and I haven't gotten around to getting another.

    It worked my abs pretty well, although it seems to focus more on the lower ones. They were nice and sore the next day. <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    You recommended that exercise for abs a while ago, Alistair, and I've been doing in every night, tucking my feet under the bottom of my bed.

    3 weeks later, my abs are looking a lot better, so cheers. Will be keeping it up as I try to lose more body fat so that my efforts are more visible.

    *feels all infomercial-like*
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I used to do 50 sit ups a night and I had rock hard abs, I was very proud of them but when you start they ache so bad for about a week!

    I find waist bends quite good too although possibly they target *love handles* rather than abs?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Snow White:
    <STRONG>You recommended that exercise for abs a while ago, Alistair, and I've been doing in every night, tucking my feet under the bottom of my bed.

    3 weeks later, my abs are looking a lot better, so cheers. Will be keeping it up as I try to lose more body fat so that my efforts are more visible.

    *feels all infomercial-like*</STRONG>

    Yet another satisfied with the Alistair Fitness System. You too can feel fit and healthy like Snow White, 18 from Canada.

    Honestly tho, it's nice to hear from people that your advice has helped. *glows*
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Now you just wanna get your hands on the results don't you? <IMG SRC="wink.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by * k-t *:
    <STRONG>Now you just wanna get your hands on the results don't you? <IMG SRC="wink.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"></STRONG>

    <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
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