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stomache/chest exercises

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by olps, Jul 12, 2003.


  1. olps

    olps

    Nov 12, 2001
    Canada
    Well, lately I've been trying to eat alot healthier and get alot more exercise; and it has been working out. I haven't been doing alot of weight training, more cardio-cascular type stuff. What I was wondering about was, does anyone know of any good exercises for losing weight/toning your chest and stomache? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. stoumache curls and i dunno about chest exersizes
     
  3. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
  4. as far as pushups: i read somewhere that the wider you spread your arms the more it focuses on the upper chest (and the closer the more it focuses on the arm muscles) so that might be helpful :)
     
  5. DEF , sometimes I do them real close and I can eventually feel the burn in my arms :)
     
  6. um ok, thats where it is supposed to burn ;)
     
  7. Lol, I deleted some of the sentence and never fixed it. Meant to say you are correct, yadda yadda sometimes I do them blah blah etc
     
  8. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    Chest: Pushups - you can do them lots of different ways too. hands close together, wide apart, or by your shoulders. feet elevated, upper body elevated. you can do them with fists (on your knuckles), you can buy pushup bars (real cheap)which meks them a little easier on the wrists, allows you different grips, and helps you to drop down further.

    Dips are also good for the chest and the rest of you upper body. You can do these also from a lot of different angles.

    Stomach: There are a million stomach exercises. It's good to do a variety of them because they target different areas of the stomach. Leg raises from a laying down position hit the lower stomach, crunches hit more the middle and top (depending on how you do them), you can do conventional situps which target the whole stomach, side to side crunches or situps for stomach sides. It's important to concentrate on the stomach muscles when doing situps, and to do them slowly. Many many people hurt their backs and waste their time trying to do 100 situps a minute, jerking their bodies, and moving as though they were in a race. There are a lot of aerobic exercises one can do, situps is NOT one of them.

    It would probably be a good idea to pick up a decent exercise book and learn about lots of different exercises. It will help you to keep from hurting yourself, and give you a variety to keep things interesting. I have a book put out by Men's Health magazine titled Banish Your Belly. It's pretty popular and can be found in any Barnes and Noble. I think it's a really informative and easy to understand book. I also think it's terribly titled - it has to do with complete fitness. They focus as much on "bellies" as on any other part of the body or aspect of fitness.

    Good luck.
     
  9. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Also of note: If you do stomach exercises you've got to do lower back exercises to balance the muscles. If you don't, you can pull your spine out of allignment and risk pain for a long time.
     
  10. well what are some easy (as in no equipment needed) lower back excersizes?
     
  11. neptoon

    neptoon

    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc

    you took the words from my mouth...if you do the front, don't forget about the back! and if you're working on toning, do more reps with less weight. don't forget about your lats, either ;)

    i didn't know you were an author, Joe. i'll have to check that out. hooyah...it can be found right next to the chris caracci videos, right? :D
     
  12. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    i didn't know i was an author either.

    ok. I (choose 1: purchased, own, bought, read, perused, found, picked up) a book put out by Men's Health...

    :D
     
  13. neptoon

    neptoon

    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc
    OH! i gotcha...shoot, i was gonna roll out looking for and ask if they had the fitness book by joe baldizzone... :D they would be like....umm, no, but i'm sure we could order that for you
     
  14. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Olps, no matter how many variations on crunches and sit ups you do, your new-found musculature will not show if you are carrying too much body fat. So cardio and a well-balanced diet have to be part of your abdominal routine and your chest routine. You said you are following a healthy diet, so keep that up. Remember, once you achieve your weight goals, you can't lapse back into your former eating habits.

    One web site stated what I feel is almost an extreme position, but they said a six-pack can't be had on a man with more than 10 percent body fat. That is pretty low for the average man. You might be pleased with your abs even though you have more fat than that. Remember, though, spot reducing is a myth. You can't lose weight just off your abs.

    Oh, while you are toning your chest with push ups, flies, chest presses, etc., you should also add some upper back exercises such as lat pulldowns and rows because you want to have a balanced physique. You don't want a well-muscled chest and have a weak-looking back. Well developed lats also make your waist look more chiseled. A strong back and shoulders will give you the posture to show off your chest.

    I agree with advice given above that buying a book on weight training would be very helpful. My personal favorite is Steve Zim's
    "Hot Point Fitness" because it has a graduated program moving from beginners, intermediate and a tough,tough advanced program. Plus it has photographs of exercises using both machine and free weights for each body part and clear explanations, plus diet guidelines. There are many other excellent weight training books.

    If you happen to pick up one of the muscle magazines used by body builders, please keep in mind that those programs are very advanced. Trying to do, oh, say, their "bicep blaster" or "back punisher' programs for example, might be counterproductive for you. They are too tough and can cause harm to a beginner.
     
  15. neptoon

    neptoon

    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc

    word...abs are made in the kitchen, yo ;)
     
  16. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Just to clarify that more if you don't know what he's talking about - your body loses fat in a predetermined order. You can't cause yourself to lose fat from your abs first or just your abs. The order in which you lose and which parts of the body slim up first is determined by your sex and genetics.

    brad cook
     
  17. olps

    olps

    Nov 12, 2001
    Canada
    Right on. Excellent. Thanks for all tour great advice here guys, much appreciated.