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When it comes to Nigerian ladies, African ladies actually, we tend to have fuller figures which accounts for a percentage of those with flabby tummy's.

Mothers are not excluded from this since most of them assume being a mother is a good enough reason to have a big tummy.

Getting strong, sleek abs takes the right mix of exercises that work together to tone the entire area.

No one knows better which formula works than Michele Olson, Ph.D., a professor of exercise physiology at Auburn University at Montgomery.

Over the past 25 years, Olson has studied countless abs exercises in a lab using electromyography (EMG) technology to measure the amount of muscle activated by each.

The resulting superworkout she crafted includes moves that scored off the charts for firming the most muscle fibers per rep.

For the first two weeks, you’ll do a couple of sets of just four moves; together they hit all four ab muscle groups.

“You’ll reach your goal faster if your workout builds on intensity and total reps done over time,” Olson explains.

These moves get a little harder and the reps get higher for week three, plus there’s an exercise added in.

Same for week four, except this time you’ll add two more moves to your session.

 By that week, expect seven moves with the max challenge and reps.

Do the toning moves in order for the indicated number of reps and sets three days a week on alternate days.

Pay close attention to how the exercises and weight of the dumbbells required progress each week.

You will be needing free weights for these routines.

So come on and bring on the change you want to see.

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