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    Default Lost some pounds - now need some Ab excercices to do while at work

    Is this the right spot?

    so I have this "friend", who over the past 7 months has lost close to 70 pounds. This is great, however "he" now wants to lose some of the excess 'flub' around the abs/stomach area. Being that "he" sits at a desk most of the day at work, who has some recommendations on somewhat easy exercises that can be done either on a chair or in the confines of an office at work (without sweating in work clothes) during the day, that might help tone such area?

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    Congrats to your "friend" for losing 70 pounds. That's huge! (Pun intended)

    Exercises that can be done on a chair huh... I don't have a clue. Only thing I can suggest is to get on the floor and do crunches/situps. Like 20 crunches every 30 minutes to avoid sweating in work clothes but you still get a "rep" out of it.

    I'm sure there are better ideas out there. But other than that, tell your "friend" to continue exercising at home and don't "quite" now!
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    I'll periodically swap out my chair for a workout ball and sit on it. Helps keep the core working without getting too crazy with the sweating. Just don't think you can do it all day.

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    I was just reading something that said normal crunches on the floor won't do much for your stomach in terms of appearances, as any excess skin will still be there. But I never know if I can trust what I read on the internet

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucsdguy1 View Post
    I was just reading something that said normal crunches on the floor won't do much for your stomach in terms of appearances, as any excess skin will still be there. But I never know if I can trust what I read on the internet
    Well generally speaking the stomach fat is the last and hardest to go. Strengthening the core helps build the muscles but there's no way to specifically target that fat. Some people just can't get those TV abs. strengthening the area will allow you to pull in the gut far more often though so while it might not be defined it will at least be flatter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ucsdguy1 View Post
    Is this the right spot?

    so I have this "friend", who over the past 7 months has lost close to 70 pounds. This is great, however "he" now wants to lose some of the excess 'flub' around the abs/stomach area. Being that "he" sits at a desk most of the day at work, who has some recommendations on somewhat easy exercises that can be done either on a chair or in the confines of an office at work (without sweating in work clothes) during the day, that might help tone such area?
    Well, it's going to depend on a number of factors. Skin type, age, genetics and other things we can't measure aside, how big was "he" to begin with, and how fast was the weight loss? If "he" wasn't morbidly obese at the outset, and his weight loss was rapid (like after gastric bypass), then it will likely catch up in time. Exercising the area is unlikely to cause much toning, unless you develop additional muscle volume in the area (IOW, weightlifting exercises targeting that area to build mass - which would be difficult, if not impossible, to do at work). If "he" was morbidly obese and was that way for some time, then it is quite possible that the only recourse is surgery, though that's less likely with slow weight loss, but still a possibility. The skin can only be taken to a certain point before it just won't bounce back anymore. Too much scar tissue will have built up (as in stretch marks), and too much of it will prevent the skin from shrinking back down to fit.

    Either way, though - outlook it the most important. The potential consequences of some loose skin are purely cosmetic (unless you work around some types of machinery ), while we all know the potential consequences of being overweight.
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    As the saying goes: Abs are made in the kitchen.

    Most people would have a decent 6-pack if it weren't for everything on top. I actually have a great 6-packs, under an inch or two of bacon, beer and bourbon.

    If you're looking for that defined look, while you do need to exercise some, what you do in your chair is less important that what you put in your mouth.

    That being said, here's a good tutorial on some things that can be done in an office:
    7 Ways to Exercise Your Abs While Sitting - wikiHow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krussadams View Post
    Well, it's going to depend on a number of factors. Skin type, age, genetics and other things we can't measure aside, how big was "he" to begin with, and how fast was the weight loss? If "he" wasn't morbidly obese at the outset, and his weight loss was rapid (like after gastric bypass), then it will likely catch up in time. Exercising the area is unlikely to cause much toning, unless you develop additional muscle volume in the area (IOW, weightlifting exercises targeting that area to build mass - which would be difficult, if not impossible, to do at work). If "he" was morbidly obese and was that way for some time, then it is quite possible that the only recourse is surgery, though that's less likely with slow weight loss, but still a possibility. The skin can only be taken to a certain point before it just won't bounce back anymore. Too much scar tissue will have built up (as in stretch marks), and too much of it will prevent the skin from shrinking back down to fit.

    Either way, though - outlook it the most important. The potential consequences of some loose skin are purely cosmetic (unless you work around some types of machinery ), while we all know the potential consequences of being overweight.
    Ya....consider 5'10 - 240lbs, down to 5'10 - 168 lbs. from 1/1 to now. Maybe not biggest loser starting/ending point, but enough to be proud of (and to spend a good amount of $$ buying some new clothes)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ucsdguy1 View Post
    Ya....consider 5'10 - 240lbs, down to 5'10 - 168 lbs. from 1/1 to now. Maybe not biggest loser starting/ending point, but enough to be proud of (and to spend a good amount of $$ buying some new clothes)
    Oh hell yeah. Take it from a guy who's trying to lose weight right now - that's definitely something to be proud of. And losing about 10 lbs/month is not overly rapid (it's a damn good pace, though), so as long as his genes don't get in the way, his skin will likely shrink to fit eventually.

    This sounds a lot like a guy I know, who has been inspiring me to drop some pounds. His initials aren't BB are they?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jammer06 View Post
    I'll periodically swap out my chair for a workout ball and sit on it. Helps keep the core working without getting too crazy with the sweating. Just don't think you can do it all day.

    This sounds great.

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