AbsOk, ladies, have you ever wondered why you don't see any results after you kill yourself doing crunches? Well, you probably know already, but the answer lies in your anatomy. Yes! Your genes have a lot to do with the way your abdominal muscles are marked. So before you spend a lot of money on creams or consider having a lipo, read this article to learn how to design exercises that works for your body type.

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It's really not a secret, we are all different and the workout routine that works for some doesn't work for others. Experts in the field recommend having an exercise routine designed for you to accommodate your bone structure.

For example, women with a wide pelvis, have wider hips and ab muscles. In this type of body, the ab muscles expand more making them easier to sculpt. Every trainer will tell you that the abs are the hardest muscles to define because they get very little action. It takes a lot of work and dedication to have a six-pack!

Some of us spend most of our time sitting and while we are in this position the ABS are completely relaxed. They also work very little when we are walking because the back muscles are the ones working hard to keep us straight. So, in order to get those ABS engaged throughout the day, sit straight pull them in. The "suck it in" advice really works when you are sitting down. Also, once in a while stand up, stretch and do some "standing up" crunches.

Yes, you don't always have to be lying down to do them! The important thing is to put those ab muscles to work during the day so they are up, perky and ready until you'll get to the gym.

Keep in mind that the fat content around the waist and stomach has a lot to do with the definition of the abs. People with less fat will have a flat stomach and a flat tummy show more abs. Learn the anatomy of your body first before you commit to exercises that are going to make you frustrated because you don't see the results you want.

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Milena arrived in the United States from Barranquilla, Colombia 14 years ago. Her work has been featured in El Tiempo, Weight Watchers, American Ceramics Magazine, Food vs. Evil and other publications. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters, Lucia and Eva.

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