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From: Wndy (60.178.252.64.snet.net)
Subject: Re: AB Chair
Date: April 4, 2005 at 1:18 pm PST

In Reply to: AB Chair posted by Jo on March 25, 2005 at 5:25 am:

Hi Jo:=I've tried the ab chair as well as every other gizmo on the market as i love gadgets. Frankly, I felt the ab chair trimmed my wallet more than my waist.

But that's me. I don't have your back issues and if you have difficulty maintaining a straight back doing body weight exercises than perhaps it might be of more value to you than it was for me.

There are, however many other exercises you can try. Note that I've always felt that maintaining a straight back is a matter of attention and focus more than a justification for using an external aid.

Leg raises are great exercises You can maintain a straight back and do leg raises prone on a bench (maintaing a straight back) or by sitting the edge of the bed. I suspect you're not attending a gym but if you were there is a dedicated chair that allows one to support oneself by the arms and do leg raises.

Here's a link that provides a video of a series of ab exercises you can do (though not all with a staight back. Nevertheless, as you develop strenght, crunches , carefully done with meticulous form, may become an option.

http://www.exrx.net/Lists/ExList/WaistWt.html

And now for my rant.

Rather than simply focusing on just your abs, i'd be more concerned with building core strength and improving your bone density. This can be most effectively achieved through weight bearing exercises. By increasing your lean muscle mass you'll improve your bone density and incidentally improve your general fitness level and ab definition/strength. For example doing exercises for your hamstrings will automatically improve your abs.

I posted another reply above which went into the benefits of weight training and provided two web sites that you might find informative.

Those links were to the Ab Faq and Women's weightlifting site. Here they are:

Frankly, weight training is also extremely beneficial to people with osteoporosis as an effective means of improve and enhance bone density.

Other forms of weight bearing exercises besides Weight lifting
would be Brisk walking, Jogging, Hiking, Exercising on stair-climbing machines or cross-country ski machine. All these will tend to improve your lean muscle mass and that will strengthen and improve your abs.b


A Caveat. It goes without saying that you should consult with a trained health specialist to insure that you're only doing exercises that will improve rather than hinder your progress. I'm not a doctor and don't play one on tv

I hope some of this makes some sense. Let us know how you're doing.

Wndy



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