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Strong Core with Stability Ball | Crunches, Push Ups, Presses, Raises, Flies

Aaron Marino of alpha m. is a great option for doing abs. Alpha demonstrates how to use the stability ball.

The stability ball is a great way to engage your core and add spice & fun to your workout:

  • The core stabilizing muscles are used when you pause during the crunch.
  • Aaron also uses the ball for push-ups which increases the difficult exponentially.
  • Also you can use the ball as a seat during side rises, presses, and flies with dumbbells. Don't use the ball with heavy dumbbell press, however. 

Past Topics

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Alpha Abs  -
May 28, 2012
One of the most frequent questions Aaron Marino of alpha m. receives is about abs-- how many times a week can you hit abs? The answer varies. Aaron only hits them once a week-- the rest of the time, he does cardio and eats well to make them show. If you're doing a few sets of crunches, you can do them every day. Aaron demonstrates his workout which includes the warm-up (basic crunches), cables (stRead More»
How to Get Abs to Show -
May 3, 2012
How can you not have six-pack with low body fat? Aaron Marino of alpha m. explains how. Ted, the viewer, works out days a week with 10 -20 mins of cardio and 45 mins of lifting weights. He eats a strict diet 6x's a day. His body fat is 8% but his abs don't show. Aaron points out that developed abs (with separation) show with higher body fat, so Aaron's suspicion is that Ted's abs aren't developed Read More»
Office Chair Crunches -
May 2, 2012
How many hours a day are you sitting in your chair? Take a break once an hour and bang-out 20 crunches! By the end of your 10-hour day, you will have done 200 crunches. Aaron Marino of alpha m. shows you different techniques for doing crunches in your office chair. Your belly is on it's way to being much flatter. Read More»
Abdominal Muscles and Symmetry Training  -
February 9, 2012
Major muscle groups are worked out only once a week, but can abdominal muscles be worked out twice a week? Aaron Marino of alpha m. addresses this question. Though his experience, major muscle groups are worked once a week so you are basically 'beating the crap' out of it and needs a week to recuperate. With the ab workouts, the muscles aren't tearing down muscle tissue the same way. The abs are aRead More»

Burn Fat Bicycling -
February 3, 2012
Is bicycle riding effective for burning body fat and bringing out abs? Aaron Marino of alpha m. says that problem with bicycle riding is that often the intensity level isn't maintained and the heart rate is as low as 'resting'. Running burns calories but is incredibly hard on your body. Keep in mind that whatever the activity, if you get your heart rate into the target heart rate , you will burn bRead More»
Heart Rate Monitors | Polar  -
February 2, 2012
If you are looking to lose body fat, there is one piece of equipment that Aaron Marino of alpha m. suggests you buy- the heart rate monitor. You have to know if you are in your target zone to burn body fat. So what type of heart rate monitor should you buy? With heart rate monitors, remember that you get what you pay for! Aaron says there is only one brand that he will every buy. He has used and tRead More»
Running Without Injury -
February 1, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. advises how to build endurance when running.  Running is a tough beast because it's incredibly hard on your body: joints, knees, hips, and ankles. But there are some tricks to increase your endurance injury free. Stay safe and healthy for the long haul: The first trick is to proper shoe such as Saucony, Reebok, New Balance, and Adidas. Get fitted at a specialty store. AlRead More»
What Body Percentage to See Abs? | Get Abs to Show -
January 31, 2012
So, you cannot get your abs to show? Aaron Marino of alpha m. says that 13% body fat is too high to see abs. You need to reduce body fat by tightening up your diet or increasing cardio. The body fat needs to be around 8 - 9% so that the muscle separation is seen. If you don't want to go super strict with your diet, cardio is easier than watching what you eat. Within two months you will see that siRead More»
Workout | Xbox or Wii  -
January 31, 2012
Are exercises on Xbox or Wii good enough to start losing weight and to start getting in better shape? Aaron Marino of alpha m. says that if you are moving and getting motivated... go for it! It doesn't matter what you do or where you do it, as long as you are getting moving. You will start to see results when you combine the exercise with diet, which diet is 75% of the equation. The biggest and moRead More»

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