The abdomen (less formally called the belly, stomach, or tummy), in vertebrates such as mammals, constitutes the part of the body between the thorax (chest) and pelvis.

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Severe Muscle cramp during abdomen crunch

I have fat around my Belly, and whenever I try to do Abdomen crunch, I get severe (or massive) muscle cramp in my belly which prevents me from doing anything for next 30 minutes due to intense pain. ...
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Exercises while recovering from groin injury/surgery

I have a long-standing (no pun intended) injury which gets worse when doing any kind of leg exercise that puts strain on the groin area. For example sit-ups, press-ups and plank exercises all cause ...
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Exercises for building strong and well defined abs?

While people are very quick to jump on the adage that "abs are built in the kitchen", there are some people for whom additional help is required. Its generally acknowledged that a healthy, low-body ...
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It is Possible To Be A Long Distance Runner and have a Six Pack? How?

General Background I've been long distance running for one+ year and have a marathon under my belt (in addition to dragon boating for three years) and being a college student, my meals usually ...
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Should i be just doing weights or add cardio too

I am 25 now. I kind of felt like i was too slim and weak; so joined the nearest gym in Feb 2014. I really feel good. The gym trainer gave me diet schedules and as a part of it, i take 4 eggs a day. I ...
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Shoulders and lats give up before abs during hanging leg raises

I've already mastered leg raises on the floor and I was advised to progress to a harder variation of leg raises which is the hanging knee raises. The problem is that my shoulders and lats give up ...
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lying Leg raises, hand under head

While doing lying leg raises, I keep my hands under my head instead of keep them straight on the floor. I feel it puts more pressure on abdominal mussels. Will it have any side effect as I have not ...
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When are the physical benefits of a single workout realized?

When does your body actually build muscle in response to fatigue from a workout? For example, if you slam your arms in one work out ( say any combination of, curls, pullups, pushups, bench press, ...
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Plank Progressions

So, I have been doing workout routine for a while now. IDK exactly how effective it is, but it certianly seems effective for me and I like it because each exercise is something I can scale up(by ...
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What are the true implications of the abdominals being actually just one muscle?

A lot of online advice on developing the abs starts by correcting the misperception that the abs are separate muscles, instead, they are a single wall. Now, it's not clear what should I conclude from ...
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Exercises for toned abs that aren't detrimental to back health? [closed]

According to this article, all forms of crunches are bad for your back, because they flex the spine. Regardless of whether or not this is 100% accurate, I would like to know if there are any ab ...
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When does plank during stop working for aesthetic purposes?

I understand that for any given exercise, the rep range for power is 1-3, strength is around 5, hypertrophy is around 8, and 12+ is for endurance. How does this related to planks? E.g. how long ...
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Neck Started paining after abs workout

I am new to abs exercises. I am doing this exercise 8-Min Abs Workout for past two days. While doing exercise i am feeling lot of stress in my neck and abdomen. Today i am getting neck pain (front ...
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Signs in reduction of belly fat

I am doing cardiovascular and weight training excercise since past two months. Also, I am following strict diet habits (more protein and vegetables). What I am observing is that my abdominal region ...
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What's the deal with 'inner' and 'outer' abdominals?

I have a questions about what abdominal muscles I actually have, and what they do. On one hand, I often hear about the distinction between outer and inner abdominals: The outer abs are mostly worked ...
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Risk/benefits of daily abdominal vacuums to workout transversus abdominis?

So after answering this question "Bodyweight exercise for the 'v'-muscle in the lower abdomen" I started doing some investigation into the transversus abdominis (TA). From what I've found, ...
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Does keeping your abdominal muscles flexed increase metabolism and reduce weight?

I have heard that if the abdominal muscles are flexed deliberately (kind of forcibly) throughout the day, it increases metabolism and helps reduce weight. I have a few questions regarding this as I am ...
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Does bicycling improve abs?

I have been noticing recently that my abdominal area (over the stomach) has been getting really firm. I think it is the abdominal muscles. I have been bycycling fairly hard for about an hour every ...
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Can I add in some core exercises to SL 5x5 and what do you suggest if so?

I don't really think that my core is being worked enough when performing the compound lifts of strong lifts, as the rest of my body has caught up while my stomach and waist are still really flabby and ...
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Planking for posture - should I go for time or intensity?

I was advised a few core exercises by my physical therapist to improve my postuer after a lumbago, among them the plank. As was explained to me in this answer, I should train until I hold about 60s in ...
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Did tabata training, now my body looks a bit disproportionate

I did tabata intervals religously for 2 months and the results have been great. I did my intervals on an elliptical machine for 4 times a week running for roughly 16minutes to 25minutes a day. But ...
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Abs are built in the kitchen, but what about obliques and lower abs?

I've made some major changes as to what I cook within the kitchen, such as using Coconut Oil, substituting in sweet potatoes, etc. But I've, as of so far, haven't seen much improvement/visibility in ...
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How to reduce my BIG BELLY into SMALL within 3 to 4 weeks [duplicate]

I have big belly in my stomach, i'm going to get married in a month. So i need to reduce my stomach in home remedies.. Please guys help me with giving some tips. Surely i will follow. Thanks, Kumara ...
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Visceral fat or poor abdominal muscles? [closed]

How can I distinguish between them in some simple way? Sometimes after running or weightlifting it seems that my gut is quite flat. In fact abdominal muscles are visible when I try a posedown. But ...
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Are there any side effect with SlenderTone system abs belt? [duplicate]

I want to know if the Slendertone belt has any negative effects on muscles or on the mind. I have read some reviews and feedback online and found nothing dangerous about it. Is it an effect device for ...
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30 Day Ab Challenge

I don't have very much about fitness and what is efficient or not. Is this program constructed well enough to produce good results in your opinion? Thank you for your insight.
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What is the effect of abs workout, without diet and cardio?

Think of a person who is not interested in bodybuilding and fitness. Let's say that he didn't change anything in his life style (still no fitness, no diet, no cardio) but only started to do abs ...
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I am 5 ft 6 and 56 kilos. best work out routine for me to get a flat stomach [duplicate]

I am 5 ft 6 around 56 kilograms. I have some belly fat. i am a programmer so i sit / lie on a bean bag for 8-10 hours everyday. I have started working out. I walk on a treadmill for 3 times for 10 ...
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Building Core Strength

I've come to this realization that my core has let me down (or that I've never really payed attention to my core). To be honest, I've never payed my core it's due -- 20 sit ups were a chore -- always ...
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How many reps are necessary to make a good abdomen?

I have read that doing 30 minutes of cardio consumes several energy, and doing more than 30 minutes burns fat. How many reps of cardio activity do you suggest to make my abdomen hard? Also how many ...
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Yoga for Flat abdomen

I have read in many articles that the key for flat abs is weight training. Such as squats and other stuffs and the nutrition too. But I have been doing the weight training for a while (approximately 6 ...
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How can I increase ab depth and size?

I understand that "Abs are 70% diet and 30% training" and all of the other cliches out there about "how to get a six pack". This is not the purpose of this question. I think all of those cliche ...
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Reducing flab and Building the Upper Body simultaneously - Guidance? [closed]

I have recently joined a gym, and I wanted to build both the abdomen (6-8 packs) and upper body (chest and shoulders). I have used a gym two years back. I have the following questions: How I ...
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Adding Core/Abs exercises to my routine

My workout routine is as follows: Chest/Biceps Legs Back/Triceps Shoulders and Legs again. I want to include some good core/ab exercises, please recommend some and tell me on which routines ...
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What's the best exercise to get more well defined abs, a.k.a Muscle hypertrophy [duplicate]

I've searched the internet for core exercises for building abs, and I'm a little bit confused. Some say that sit-ups is great for getting well defined abs, while some say you only get better at doing ...
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Is my routine and exercise ok for good biceps and 4 or 6 pack abs

I will be 21 years old in january 2014. Height=5.8 foot approx weight= 65kg / 143.3 pound approx. I do 100 push ups in 4 sets = 25+25+25+25 and 80 leg raises in 4 sets = 20+20+20+20 (I complete it ...
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Building abs and shaping up muscles [duplicate]

I have been working out since 3 months. Initially, my aim was to increase weight. I increased my weight by 3 kgs during this time. Now I feel confident and comfortable lifting moderately heavy ...
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Inflated abs when my abs are relaxed?

I'm good athlete, I don't know if I'm really a good athlete, but at least I try. I swim, run, play soccer, and I do a regular workout in gym. I'm almost defined, not muscular, but every zone is tonic. ...
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Does Technoshape Equipment work?

Does Technoshape Equipment work? Has any one tried it? I heard it is very expensive and the machine uses pressure pause therapy for stomach sculpting. What is an alternative to it? ...
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Tips on having six packs and losing fat and keeping the muscles I have

I use to work out 5-6days a week, 80-90mins, where I did weight training. I have good physics however I never had well defined abs. Now I'm working hard towards abs. I do abs workout every next day ...
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Why inguinal area painful after abdominal training?

I am not sure what is this area exactly called but the pain seem to be radiating like to an area when on supine position, not when sitting or standing. The area recovers fast. I would like to ...
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exercising the abdominals, height [duplicate]

Recently, my friend said that doing sit ups will prevent growth height. Is that true or just a whispers?
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Abdominal excercises (with weight) - Easy on the back and fun to do

With most abdominal excercises i tend to get a pain in my back. I've been looking all over for excercises that are hard on the abdomen but easy on the back. But whenever i find some reference to an ...
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Flat abdomen without losing fat from face

I am trying to reduce my abdominal fat so that I can see my abs :) currently my BMI is around 22, which is a normal weight, I do Running and weight training every alternate day, and to reduce weight ...
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Lost 30 lbs in 6-8 months. But need to bring down fat percentage

I am 5'10''. I weighed 193 lbs last May, now I have reduced to 164 pounds(stalling at the same weight for over 2 months) with 23% of body fat. I need to get rid of those and bring down my weight for ...