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From: MSN NicknameSmigChick  (Original Message)Sent: 7/3/2008 3:51 AM
I can't do sit-ups, never could without pain (and not the "no pain no gain" type of pain, this is "wrong" pain, lol), but I need to strengthen my back and strong abs are the only way to do it. So what can I do that's like a sit-up, but NOT a sit-up? LOL
 


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From: MSN Nicknamebreeze_tiogaSent: 7/3/2008 3:56 AM
Core exercises.   My DVD has a routine for them.  One part of it is sit-ups ( or crunches ) but the rest focuses on the core body/back.
 
Ummm... I'm not sure if I can describe how to do them, though.
 

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From: MSN Nicknamebreeze_tiogaSent: 7/3/2008 3:59 AM
This is one...
 
  • Quadruped. Start on your hands and knees. Place your hands directly below your shoulders, and align your head and neck with your back. Tighten your abdominal muscles. Raise your right arm off the floor and reach ahead. Hold for three deep breaths. Lower your right arm and repeat with your left arm. Raise your right leg off the floor. Tighten your trunk muscles for balance. Hold for three deep breaths. Lower your right leg and repeat with your left leg.
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    But when I do it, I reach out with the right arm/left leg, and then the left arm/right leg.  Does that make sense?  lol.

    So when it says this"Raise your right arm off the floor and reach ahead"  I also raise my left leg at the same time.


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    From: MSN Nicknamebreeze_tiogaSent: 7/3/2008 4:01 AM
    I haven't checked these yet, but found a link...  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/core-strength/SM00047
     
     

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    From: MSN Nicknamebreeze_tiogaSent: 7/3/2008 4:06 AM
    Oh.. the plank is another one I do...
     

    Modified plank variations

    Try these variations on the modified plank:

    • Lie on your stomach. Raise yourself up so that you're resting on your forearms and your knees. Align your head and neck with your back, and place your shoulders directly above your elbows. Tighten your abdominal muscles.
    • Raise your right arm off the floor (A). Hold for three deep breaths. Repeat with your left arm.
    • Raise your right leg off the floor (B). Hold for three deep breaths. Repeat with your left leg.
    • For added challenge, raise your left arm and your right leg at the same time. Repeat with your right arm and left leg.

     

     

     

    I haven't tried this one..

    Superman

    This core exercise, called the superman, can help you strengthen your lower back:

    • Lie on your stomach with a rolled towel or a small pillow under your hips to support your back. You might also use a folded towel to support your head. Tighten your abdominal muscles.
    • Raise your right arm off the floor (A). Hold for three deep breaths. Lower your right arm and repeat with your left arm.
    • Raise your right leg off the floor (B). Hold for three deep breaths. Lower your right leg and repeat with your left leg.

     


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    From: MSN NicknameSmigChickSent: 7/3/2008 6:58 PM
    Oh! Thanks, breeze!!
     
    LOL, I didn't even go back in here last night, didn't think anyone would see this thread for a while, since nobody's been on this board for a while.
     
    I think I can do that Quaruped one, no problem!! (Can't do those other two, can't lie on my stomach, another thing I never could do comfortably, lol)
     

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    From: MSN NicknameDede_springs_eternalSent: 7/15/2008 6:47 PM
    Any time to raise your knee above waste level ....you are using your abs.  Hanging leg raises are like the ultimate ab exercise but they require a lot of upper body strength.  Literally marching in place and raising your knees to waist level tho would help.  Also, Oxygen (a fittness magazine) has an new Ab issue and it does give non sit up exercises.  If you're at a news stand....the name of the special edition is ABS and its by Oxygen...flip through it, its on news stand how.  Also, there is a couple of dvd sets that emphasis abs without sit ups....Hip Hop Abs and Turbo Jam that incorporate a pelvic tilt and a contraction of the muscles..

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    From: MSN NicknameSmigChickSent: 7/17/2008 8:39 PM
    :^(

    I'm sorry, Dede.

    <3

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    From: MSN NicknameDede_springs_eternalSent: 7/18/2008 12:44 AM
    I was trying to respond to your thread and kept getting interrupted.

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    From: MSN NicknameTequïIaSent: 7/22/2008 10:34 PM
    Bosu Ball - SO easy to get a stronger core
     

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