Another Ab Option
Just cruising the posts, saw your note and thought I'd add my 2 cents. You might want to look into Pilates (puh-lah-tees). I tried it based on a recommendation from my sister who tries everything. I'm not a big fan of Denise Austin (sometimes she's just TOO perky for me), but I did start out with a tape of hers - Mat Workout Based on the Work of JH Pilates with Denise Austin that I picked up for 10 dollars at Wal-mart. It's a two parter, the first 20 minutes is Pilates, the second part is sort of a stinker where Denise incorporates Yoga into the routine - sorry Denise, you need to practice your Yoga a bit more before you go making a tape of that. After only 2 weeks of using the tape 3 times a week, I noticed a difference. Pilates focuses on strengthening the abs and lengthening and strengthening the muscles in the lower body. It also improves your posture and just standing up straighter pulls everything in and makes you look better.
I did progress to Pilates classes at the Health Club with a certified trainer. She said Pilates works the deeper muscles that give you a better ab workout than crunches do. From my own experience - tho everyone is different, I'd have to agree. Tho I still do crunches because I like to have some variety in my routine and I also use one of those exercise balls.
However, Stef is right - exercise will improve the strength and tone of your muscles but cardio and diet are what you need to focus for the fat burning.
Just thought I'd pass along another option to look into. Good luck!
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