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What are some great standing ab workouts?

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Initial post: Oct 28, 2010 5:03:44 AM PDT
I'm Jeanne, and I'd just like to find some standing ab exercises,as I sometimes get lower back pain due to bad form and also my job.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 8:13:34 AM PDT
Hey Jeanne,

I would recommend Hip Hop abs. I have actually used it for years because I don't like to get on the floor. If you want to talk about it more just shoot me an email
you can check it out here

Standing ab work is the premise of the workout and its fun. You get to dance around. I do it with my kids.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 2:47:18 PM PST
Melody says:
Try this:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2010 6:15:27 AM PST
Janet Peters says:
The Farmer Burns Stomach Flattener. Best ab exercise, laying or standing, period. Works your abs from the inside out, as well as strengthening the lower back. Just google it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2010 2:29:47 PM PST
Inger Grape says:
Check out Pilates--you can be exercising your abs like crazy using your breath while standing or lying down and nobody will be the wizer. If you don't know Pilates, I highly recommend getting a couple of one-on-one sessions so that you can learn the special breathing--that's really all you need.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2010 10:48:25 AM PST
Tigs says:
Stomach Vacuums

Posted on Nov 21, 2010 8:31:31 PM PST

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2010 4:20:50 AM PST
Hi, Jeanne. The other suggestions on this page aren't helpful. Pilates is not for an inexperienced exerciser and may cause you more pain while you are learning and one on one training sessions can be expensive. The best standing ABS dvd I have ever done is by Kathy Smith "Tummy Trimmers"...the standing ABS section is only one part of her dvd, but it is definatley the most fun portion and you will definately feel your ABS working. Also if you have "Time Warner Cable" you can access the Exercise on Demand Channel and see what they have available for free. That is how I found Kathy Smith's Tummy Trimmers and I loved it so much I had to buy it. Good Luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2010 10:03:30 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2010 10:21:44 AM PST
Tigs says:
If you are having problems with your lower back focusing on just your stomach isn't going to do anything. If your overweight you need to lose extra pounds. You can also have other medical conditions so you should ask your doctors about it. You have to exercise all body parts equally or you will develop imbalances. Working just your stomach will make things worse. You need some back exercises also. For example Hyperextensions will help strengthen your lower back. Also any exercise will work your stomach to an extent. Boxing and dancing programs will work this area also. The stomach vacuums I mentioned do help with the toning and strengthening the abs, but it emphasizes a different abdominal muscle.

I am not sure why you want standing ab exercises. If you can't lay down on the floor you require an entirely different approach to get back in shape anyway.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 3:55:05 AM PST
A. Hines says:
I found an off the floor exercise that I have incorporated in my workouts from of all places a reality show. In the episode, they were participating in a boot camp and the instructor had the participants do a kick like the Rockettes up and down the field. The key is to lift your leg and then kick from your knee. You are welcome to try this but since I am not a fitness professional, I would suggest that you consult a physician before doing this move (I have to put the disclaimer out there :) ). Good luck. It works for me. After doing the move for a few minutes, I felt the effects the next day.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 3:16:04 PM PST
single mom says:
I also have lower back problems and like Erin mentioned, I did Kathy Smith's Tummy Trimmers DVD. There are 5 10 minute segments and for the first couple weeks I did only the standing portion. Every now and then I'd do the stability ball one. Also, supermans are good for strengthening your back - lay on your stomach and slowly raise shoulders and legs off the floor. Again, my back was so weak that I could only alternate at first. Check with your doctor on how you can modify exercises. As my core gets stronger my back doesn't hurt as much. Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2010 4:28:12 AM PST
Hi Jennifer,
Thanks for the advice,I will defenitely look into it.Thanks again:-)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2010 4:32:23 AM PST
Hi Erin,
Thanks so much for your advive.I will definately look into Kathy smith's workout.Unfortunately I don't have access to Exercise on demand channel:-( Thanks again for your advice:-)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2010 4:41:40 AM PST
Hi Tigs,
thanks for your advice.I'm requesting standing abs exercises because doing them lying down puts pressure on my lower back due to what I do for a living .As I am not overweight that isn't an issue.I think doing standing abs exercises will help in streghthening my core and back muscles to than be able to attempt doing them lying down.
I exercise regularly incorporating cardio and strengh exercises,and am in very good shape.Unfortunately my core muscles are weak:-(
Thanks again:-)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2010 4:43:19 AM PST
HI single mom,
thanks for your advice.I think I will get Kathy Smith's dvd,it sounds pretty good.
Thanks again:-)

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 12:07:42 PM PST
R. Lundregan says:
You might also consider Leg Raises, Reverse Crunches (on the floor or on a decline board), and Vertical Knee Raises. WIth the exception of reverse crunches, these involve either a Power Tower or one of those pullup bars that fit over a doorway, and they aren't really standing exercises, but they are GREAT exercises for developing your core. I mention them because they involve lifting your legs, and therefore don't put as much stress on your back.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2012 4:22:43 PM PDT
HI Jeanne,

I started TurboJam a few weeks ago and one of the main reasons I chose it, is because most of the moves are standing up.. There are some floor routines, but you can always skip those until your are stronger. Chalene ( the instructor on the dvd), makes almost every move affect your core in some way. I only started on 6/25/12 and I have already lost 8lbs and over 5 inches around my body. I love it!

You can check out my profile here if you have any other questions...

Good Luck!
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