I have a client who is 125 lbs with 25% body fat, she is toned and lean except for her mid section. We do Pilates ab series and other Pilates excercises, ab machines, crunches, full sit ups with weights, and we’ve gotten into hoola hooping, still this is where most of her problem area is. Are there any different things we can do? Or some dietary change that may help?
You mentioned that your client does cardio 4X weekly. Is it steady-state, or is she also doing some interval training? Regarding the mid-section, you referenced several abdominal exercises which emphasis spinal flexion, in order to maintain muscular balance and spinal stabilization and mobility be sure to incorporate appropriate exercises for spinal extension. 25% BF is probably within the healthy range, however where subcutaneous and visceral fat is stored varies individually. Exercise and dietary intake can go a long way to influence our body composition, but minimal impact on how and where our bodies store fat.
Keep encouraging your client to better health and fitness as it will serve her well in years to come.