Fat loss in your abdomen can only come from a consistent program of cardiovascular exercise and a nutrition plan low in sugar and refined carbohydrates. Read these words: you CAN eat carbs!! Complex or simple carbs in minimal portions. Along with ...
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Hello! Welcome to Brides MadeFit Podcast. I am your host, Jennifer DiDonato, and this is Episode number 21. Brides MadeFit is Metro Detroit's only in-home personal training service for brides to be and Brides MadeFit Podcast is your source for health and fitness information and entertainment. Thanks so much for joining us today. This episode is called The Truth About Abs, and I just want to thank all of you out there for sending me emails and comments because this episode is inspired by you, like the other ones that have been in the past, but we are starting to get a lot more questions about things so this episode, a lot of you can relate to because who doesn't want great abs. So I got a comment on one of the videos from Dragon Rider, he is from the United States, he is 20-years-old and he writes, "Jenny, I have this really annoying small flab at the bottom of my stomach. I have a four pack that can't seem to get a six pack under my small flab. Do you have any tips or message on how to burn that fat off?" And now Dragon Rider, that is such a good question because everyone has that problem with this area right here, but the truth about your abdominals is that there is no really such thing as upper and lower abs, there is just fat, that assumption that there is because that's where we keep a lot of our excess fat is right in this region, that's where we get that inner tube that some of us also have so no such thing in upper and lower, but what there is, there are different muscle groups I am talking about it right now, one is the Rectus Abdominis. The Rectus Abdominis is what gives you that six pack, or four pack, or eight pack, if you are one of the lucky ones. Runs right down the center, and it goes pretty much from your sternum all the way on along the side of your ribs, and so in that area, you probably are conditioned but the fat over it just needs to be burned. We will get to that in just a moment to how to burn it? The other muscle groups we have are the external and internal Obliques which are along the side. The externals are more on the outside, internal are right underneath and those are with twisting motions; you can condition them with, which I will show you as well. And then, another muscle group which is part of the abdominal category would be the Transversus abdominis. And now, the Transversus abdominis is the muscle that pretty acts as a girdle sucks us in, so if it's conditioned that's what gives us and helps us with good posture and keeps the stomach in looking flat versus protruding outwards. So if your stomach is protruding, you may need to condition this muscle. So Dragon Rider, listen up, we are going to start first with an exercise that's going to work on our abdominals, Rectus abdominis and this is the jackknife crunch. So when you get down the floor and this muscle -- this exercise is great for this muscle because you are working the entire range of motion of the Rectus abdominis, because you are using the legs along with your torso. Let me take my pack off, real quick. So you are going to be laying on the ground flat, have your arms above your head, and I want you to lift your legs and your torso the same time exhaling in the center. Control on the way down. See how my legs are not touching the ground; you can touch the ground if you are not as condition, if you are not used to it, just move in. Just go ahead and touch the ground with your feet, bring it back up, go as high as you can. Now at least, I want you to do this Jackknife crunches every other day three sets of 10 to 15, the more the better. So that is going to be exercising the muscles right along here and helping you be conditioned, to get the six pack abs that you want. Now for the external oblique; these are the muscles that are along the side all of the Rectus abdominis right in through here, we need to do twisting motions to target these muscles because going straight up and down against gravity it's still working those muscles but

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