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Rita41

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Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 19:11
Just would like to have some ideas of what people are doing to strengthen their core. I've incorporated a lot of back as well but still the gut remains so I'd like an idea of what others are doing.

I do pushups, plank exercises, mountain climbers and burpees. The lower belly is my problem area.
mummydee

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Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 20:52
Pilates, either floor classes or an equipment room, I always feel a few inches taller every time i leave! The whole basis of pilates is core build up.
Rita41

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Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 20:54
is that a video? I work out at home..no gym. I have a significant amount of floor space. A functional trainer (hoist). A TV/DVD and free weights. Never heard of pilates.
mummydee

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Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 22:21
Pilates is a body conditioning routine that may help build flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, and developing a strong core or center, and improving coordination and balance. Pilates' system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginning to advanced. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises.

you really should use photos demonstrating a Pilates Teacher using verbal and tactile feedback to ensure proper form
Pilates improves muscle tone, balances musculature, supports correct posture, and teaches to move with ease and grace. There is an increasing number of studies which are showing the benefits of Pilates in the rehab population. It is useful for improving balance, lumbar stabilization and flexibility, lower back pain, and pelvic floor dysfunction.

http://denverlibrary.org/blog/joseph-pilates-circus-performer-fitness-prophet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckNDq41C7Yo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWqetvphLEU
eKatherine

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Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 23:20
Handstand work.
SherylPT13

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Posted: 27 Jul 2013, 07:19
The good news: a strong core is a good idea - keep it up. The bad news - - you can't spot reduce fat just where you want; fat comes off where it is genetically predisposed to come off. So, for example, if you are doing arm weights, you will not necessarily lose fat from your arms - you'll just be building the muscle under the fat in that area.
Cardio and and full-body resistance training can help lose fat and build muscle in general.
Man who say it cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it.
Chinese Proverb
SherylPT13

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Posted: 27 Jul 2013, 07:28
Just read some of your info - - I have a small lower ab gut as well from being pregnant. Sometimes things just don't shrink back to where they were pre-pregnancy; just how it is.
Man who say it cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it.
Chinese Proverb
Rita41

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Posted: 27 Jul 2013, 11:31
Thanks Sheryl...I guess I just keep at it and hope the last of it goes or at least shrinks some more. The rest I will wear as a badge of honour.
seekingbuddh...

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Posted: 27 Jul 2013, 15:20
SherylPT is right. You can not spot reduce fat from the one body part. For fat reduction in general, diet plays atleast 50% of role with the other half being exercise. You might want to read about weight reduction systems like Atkins or Ketosis systems to reduce overall weight, and along with it, the tummy fat will also reduce. Cardio exercises are needed to hit the fat reduction intensity.
huapaya

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Posted: 30 Jul 2013, 00:56
pilates are difficult but i guess that means they work. yes there are videos and ipad apps if you work out at home like me.
sbutler1

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Posted: 30 Jul 2013, 07:50
Squats and Deadlifts



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