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04-04-2008, 08:10 AM
I can't seem to find any good ones online...or exercises for the back, too. I mean toning exercises. There's one machine at the gym I can start doing, but the others require me to lay flat on my back and I have trouble with that. I prefer to do crunches at home so I can do a little a time, since I have lumbar trouble. Everything else seems to be getting toned except those areas on me. Gotta get rid of the muffin tops! http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif

04-04-2008, 01:18 PM
Do you have weights? Or even just anythingyou can use that's at least 3 to 5 lbs.?

04-04-2008, 02:00 PM
Hi Jenn, Yes, I do have 5 lb dumbells. I use them for bicep curls and side arm raises. Do you have any suggestions forme? http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley1.gif

04-04-2008, 02:46 PM
Okey dokey!

Yes, I do actually...lol.

I forget what these are called, so I'm just going to try and explain them. If I'm not clear, let me know (and my feeble mind will probably think of what they're called later and then maybe you can google them to get a picture...http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif) I just did these today when I trained, so it was so weird that you asked this.


Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent, dumbbell in each hand.
Starting with either side, let your arm kind of "slide" down your side.
Straighten back up, then do the other side.
My hand usually comes to right above the side of my knee (not sure how lowyou want to go since you have back problems, tho!)
Keep your abs super tight to protect your back.
And make sure that you don't bend forward, keepyour upper body erect, because it's kind of easy when doing this to bend forward with your upper body.

I really wish I could think of what these are called! BUT I do know they work. I started out with 5s, but I usually do 10 or 15 lbs. now and I can really feel it the next day!! It's great! http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif

I suggest starting out with 5 lbs. since you're not used to them, plus your back issue.


04-04-2008, 04:01 PM
Jen ~ those are side dumbbell crunches.

Craftgrrl ~ I want to also recommend doing the bicycle crunch for your abs. You can view how it's done here. http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1508_abs-bicycle-crunch.htm

I found a blog with some top recommended ab workouts...(luckily the crunches above are listed there...those are what I mostly do). Most the others listed where done with the ball. I'm not a fan of the ball exercises personally.

I also do another one that is with weights, but it's extremely hard to explain. You basically are doing a lunge while your holding one 10 lb or 20 lb weight in both hands and turning your body to the side each lunge. You do a rep of 25 on each side then you do the other side.

Another thing to really increase the bicycle crunch is when you are in the position where your elbow is to your knee stay in that position and switch back and forth from elbow to elbow on the same knee before going to the next knee. You really feel them then!! I hope I made sense on these. lol :)

04-04-2008, 05:19 PM
Jenn and Holly, I can't thank you two enough! http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley1.gifThere are a few things, like I said, that I don't like to do at the gym (crunches and squats, mostly!) and I am getting pretty toned all over except my middle. I'm willing to do the work, I just needed to know what it was. http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gifI'll definitely give these a try and let you know the results. Thank you again! I know I can fit into a smaller size of jeans because my smallest pair is big in the butt and legs, but it's my waist that's keeping me in the size I am now. I am sure these will help.http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley31.gif Edited by: Craftgrrl

04-04-2008, 05:35 PM
Here they are!!

Dumbbell Oblique Side Bends (http://www.shapefit.com/abs-exercises-dumbbell-side-bends.html)

He's only doing one side at a time, but I rotate sides. I guess you can do it either way and it'll still be effective.

Also, with the bicycle, if it hurts your back doing it on the floor, you can do it standing up. Well, its kinda like the bicycle. It's just opposite elbow to opposite knee and you're crunching down. I'm sure there's a picture out there somewhere! http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif

Hey, Holly - I know what you're talking about with that back lunge thingy (I'm so technical! LOL) Anyway, it's killer on the back fat! http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif

04-05-2008, 08:52 AM
You're welcome Craftgrrl! :)

OH or the Dumbell Oblique Side Bends they are called. hah :) Side dumbell crunches is much easier to say tho! LOL! smileys/smiley36.gif

Glad you knew what I was talking about Jen. I guess it wasn't extremely hard after all to explain them.. lol. That can be the new name for the exercise...the back lunge thingy!! smileys/smiley36.gif

04-05-2008, 09:27 PM
Ok because of this thread I had to go get 5lb weights today! Like Craftgrrl...from working out my butt, thighs, arms, and everywhere other then my stomach is nice and firm and then there is my stomach! My waist is ok..it is the stomach so I am going to use these exercises to see if I can help my stomach progress along : )

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