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?
yours is a common problem, especially here in India where people have a sweet tooth. The solution to this problem have been the same since decades. doing excess abdominal exercises will have no effect on the body fat percentage.
the safest and the best way to target the belly fat is through leg workouts. age will not pose any difficulty in your case since the client has been working out hard under your guidance. the first and foremost exercise should be free barbell squats, not on the smith machine, followed by lunges and leg presses and so on.
the problem with aerobics is the same, you lose weight not fat.
second most important step is the diet, in fact this should be first.
right clean foods, no fad diets, proper supplementation with required antioxidants will give you sure shot results. i can vouch for this because i have trained hundreds of males and females in India, on whom even the best gyms have given up, and they had shown excellent results, all because somewhere down the line they got too complicated and forgot the basics.
all the best.