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Old 06-16-2006, 04:04 PM   #1
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What exercises should I do to get rid of a pot belly?

For the longest time I could not gain weight. It was a joke among my friends and family. Well all of a sudden everything changed and I gained weight like a normal person. Now I have a little bit more of a belly than I would like.

I would like to exercise to get rid of it. I do not want to change my eating habits and I eat pretty healthy already.

So just based on exercise, what are the best things to get rid of this belly? Would sit-ups be the best or are there other options?

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Old 06-16-2006, 04:11 PM   #2
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Situps will give you a nice muscular pot belly.

Do an exercise that flexes your upper and lower body. For example, a rowing machine or a Nordictrack type of machine is a good idea.

Also, if you have a pot, you need to consider reducing your caloric intake. No need to change what you're eating, just adjust the quantity a little.
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Old 06-16-2006, 04:13 PM   #3
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For the longest time I could not gain weight. It was a joke among my friends and family. Well all of a sudden everything changed and I gained weight like a normal person. Now I have a little bit more of a belly than I would like.

I would like to exercise to get rid of it. I do not want to change my eating habits and I eat pretty healthy already.

So just based on exercise, what are the best things to get rid of this belly? Would sit-ups be the best or are there other options?
Sit ups would help but they mostly only work the upper abdominals. You would have to do several sets of different types of sit ups and crunches to get it down and to tone it. Crunches that work the obliques and the lower abdomen (i.e. leg lifts) help a lot. I like to use an excercise ball because of the various things you can do, plus it keeps the exercises from becoming mundane. If you buy an exercise ball it will come with an exercise booklet showing the different things you can do.

Hopefully Caine will see this thread because I think he's a personal trainer or something like that.
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Old 06-16-2006, 04:14 PM   #4
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IC do you mean one of those large balls?
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IC do you mean one of those large balls?
Yeah. You can do incline crunches and crunches that focus on certain areas, plus other exercises to help your back, neck, posture, etc. It's kinda like weightlifting where you can't just do a wide range of lifts and expect to bulk up or get the most out of your work outs. That's why most people who know how to lift focus on things like bicepts and tricepts on one day, then shoulders and delts on another day, etc., etc. Same with abs which is why those things they sell on TV don't really work. I do about 300 total crunches maybe 4-5 days a week. 100 that focus on the upper abs, 100 that focus on the lower, and 100 that focus on the obliques (sides).
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Also walking is very good for the middle! DH walks 4 miles every day that he doesn't play golf and has NO tummy.
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lots of you-know-what. Rachel needs a sibling.
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lots of you-know-what. Rachel needs a sibling.
ROFL! You are BAD!

GB, I heard that just upping exercise of any kind will reduce fat stores all over your body. So...just more exercise might do it. There are some yoga workouts that specifically target your "core", as does Pilates I think. You might want to check those out too.
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