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    First off, I understand that specific ab/core work sin't really necessary if you're doing compound lifts, which I am, and that diet/leanness is the real key to great abs. However, I happen to really enjoy ab work for its own sake.


    That said, I'm a very lean female (about 18% BF) and while I want to have a sculped 6-pack, I don't want to make myself bulky around the waist. I've read that core exercises involving movement (Roman chairs, sit-ups, hanging leg raises) will enlarge abdominal muscles rather than merely toning/increasing muscle density. By contrast, isometric core exercises (planks, renegade rows, L-sits) will strengthen without bulking.


    Is this true? Further information? (I really want to do HLRs, dang it, but not if it'll turn me from a wasp-wasited vixen into a brick!)

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    Awesome. I must say I like what that link has to contribute. Thanks!

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    you're welcome!


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    Pilates is incredible. Its relaxing because there is a lot of focus on your breath and also great for strengthening core muscles. In Pilates your core is not just your abdominals but includes your chest and back. I teach it, so let me know if you have any questions about finding a good class. Most gyms offer it these days.


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    My own personal experience: Working the oblique muscles


    http://www.ab-core-and-stomach-exercises.com/oblique-exercises.html


    really thickens me at the sides of my waist, but I do it anyway. I used to have major lower back problems, and a thicker waistline is a price I'm willing to pay for lower back stability.


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