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Stomach exercise...? Just wondering..?
I do this exercise everyday. You lie flat on your back, knees bent, your hands on the top of your thighs. Then you raise your left arm to your right knee, and vice versa.

Altogether in the day, i do about 3000 reps on each side, sometimes more. Just a few questions about them:

1) Do they actually work, as in, have any effect? I'm NOT trying to loose weight, just stay fit.

2) Am i doing the right amount, as in not too many or not enough?

3) Is it more effective to exercise first thing in a morning, when you get up?


anything that you need to do 3000 reps on each side is not very effective. If you are trying to tone up your abs see below for what I should suggest:

Also, yes...in general it is more effective to do your cardio first thing in the morning. Anyway, you need a proper balance of excercise, nutrition, supplements
- excercise: resistance training mixed with cardio. Wake up early and do your cardio in the morning (will help your metabolism esp. on an empty stomach). Do your lifting/resistance training in the evenings). Light weights/high reps. Can either alternate lowerbody/upperday (Day1/Day2) or break it up into a three day cycle. If you're short on time focus on your trouble spots. You can do abs every day. Use the ab balls as much as possible (they work your core in every exercise)

- Eating and stomach (abs):
- Ab ball: do a lot of exercises using one of those ab balls...they work your core in every exercise. You can also do actual ab target exercises (twists, crunches, etc.). Get a trainer at a gym to show you some (usually you can get one complimentary session). Or you can get the CoreSecrets (ball/video) for ~$10-$20 online (just google it)
- Oblique exercises (twisting). Do a lot of these using the ab ball: sit on the ball hold a 10 lb weight and walk your feet forward. 'Lay down' and with the weigh above you twist to one side-up-pause-twist to the other side. Ensure you're using your obliques to do the work.
- Lower abs. Do leg lifts (hold weights in your feet, or lay on ball and do them). Leg raises (where you hang in the air and rotate your knees to your chest). Get with a trainer at a gym to show you some new funky ab exercises
- Improve your nutrition to mostly eat low fat protein (chicken, fish, lean turkey, etc.) and veggies (i.e. broccoli). Mix a little fruit in there for some sweetness. You can also buy whey protein and make whey protein smoothies (2 scoops protein, ice, skim milk - blend - little peanut butter, ripe banana, more ice - blend again: tastes great). Cut out any junk food (especially soda, anything loaded with high fructose corn syrup, all sweets, etc.). You wanna eat 5-6 small 'meals' per day as this will keep you from being hungry all the time and 'pigging' out and will keep your metabolism up.
- Start taking some active energy multivitamins. Also, you can try a thermogenic fat burner such as Ripped Fuel (provides extra energy and helps burn fat) or Hydroxycut Hardcore...but follow the instructions (take before you workout and don't exceed the daily allowance).

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