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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 10-20-09, 08:36 PM   #26
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If you want a tough ab exercise... do incline crunches holding weight. But I will warn you, you WILL get a gut cramp and you WILL be hanging upside down like a bat (feels that way when you're cramping).
I like to thread a sturdy towel through the handle of a 36 lb kettlebell (although a barbell weight could be used, with caution) and then swing it around my head. Really. You think incline crunches are tough, LOL, you ain't seen nothing yet. This is an exercise best done outdoors and away from other people.

Throwing weights for height is also a great ab workout. Same precautions apply. One-arm deadlifts are also lots of fun.
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Old 10-22-09, 01:44 PM   #27
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I'm over 200 myself and am quite fit but you won't find me doing crunches on a ball. it's completely unnecessary since I have a ton of weight to lose.
ab and lower back strength affect every aspect of athletics and really, movement in general. if youre speaking from a purely aesthetic angle, then you have a point. you wont see your abs until you get to a certain bodyfat percentage. however, ab strength is prob the most important aspect of training as it activates on every worthwhile exercise. worthwhile meaning any multi-joint exercise or even, non-isolation type exercises.

saying ab work is completely unnecessary is a tragically uninformed statement.
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Old 10-22-09, 02:00 PM   #28
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I agree, and I didn't say ab exercises were unnecessary

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Old 10-22-09, 02:15 PM   #29
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I've used a BOSU inverted for pushups and found it very difficult. I'm sure it's great but I'm not ready for that level of difficulty. I'm happy doing my foot elevated pushups and head elevated bench presses.
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