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[QUOTE=strebend]Although I'm not overweight, I have a flabby little lower-abdominal "pooch" that I have never been able to get rid of. I've decided to get serious about it now, but I don't know where to start. In the past, I've tried "Abs of Steel" and similar videos; "Ab Roller" and similar machines; sit-ups, crunches, leg lifts, etc. Nothing has worked, and I always feel like I'm doing it "wrong" - the lower abs seem tough to target!
So please, can anyone recommend a way to flatten the lower belly that has actually worked for them? As I said, it's not that I'm fat - I'm 5-foot-2 and 105 lbs - but ALL of my fat is in a bunch in my belly.
Thanks for the suggestions in advance - there has to be an answer![/QUOTE]

I totally understand what you are talking about. Getting rid of the lower abdominal fat is hard, and even I have tried numerous techniques unitll I finally found something that worked for me. When I was in track we used to use the incline bench, and the incline bench works wonders for the abs. This is what I do:
I set the incline bench at a level that I know will not be too strenous on my back. I sit down on the incline bench with my feet secure, and then I raise my fists to my face with my elbows out. You could rest your hands behind your neck, but a lot of people strain that way. I then keep my back straight as I lower my back toward the bench. You don't want to lower your back to the point that it touches the bench below you. You want your back at least level with the top of your knees. When you go up to do a crunch you want to make sure your chin is lifted as though you have an apple under it, and when you go up to do a crunch and you blow the air out, you want to tighten your abs. You should feel it in your lower abs. It is hard to explain, but the only way you know you are doing it right is if you feel it in your lower abs. All and all, the best thing I can recommend is experiment. You could also do this same exercise on the floor, not carpet. The only difference is your legs will be raised off the ground, and your starting position for your back will be level with your legs. Again, you know you are doing it right if you feel it in your lower abs, and if you aren't just try to alter the crunch in a way that you do feel it in your lower abs. It's all about trial and error! I wish you luck! :bouncing:





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