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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What does it mean to “isometrically contract” some muscles?

On p. 284, the book "Body Sculpting Bible for Men" talks about a form of crunches that can be used to train the abdominal muscles. The first step for the instructions for these crunches says: ...
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Slendertone ab toning belt

I have just been given an abs toner belt, and would like to know if these actually do anything or not? Should I waste my time and use it or just put it away in a cupboard and forget about it. The one ...
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Suddenly not sore anymore?

I began tranining split training 3 months ago, about 4 days a week. I am normally SO SORE after every workout and have been making gains in strength and size. I took about 2 weeks off from the gym ...
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Visible abs of olympic athletes and diet

In fitness context one often hears the statement: "Abs are built in the kitchen". Which means that you have to follow a very clean diet (together with a proper workout) to get visible ripped abs. For ...
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Eating pasta and developing a sixpack

I know that it's very important to have a proper diet when you want to develop a sixpack. I often read that one should avoid pasta, rice, potatoes, bread and so on. However, I like this stuff very ...
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not feeling abs working out

first of all I just want to say that I have an Excessive Anterior Pelvic Tilt. When I am working out my abs I don't feel anything except when I do crunches on the machine. any other workout just ...
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Can Ab Exercise Be Done Everyday [duplicate]

I heard that ab muscles are tiny and can be exercised everyday. Is this true, or do we need to take 1 to 2 day break in-between, just like the other muscle groups, i.e. arms, shoulders, back, chest, ...
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doing planks for abdominals training

What is the best way of doing planks for abdominals training? How many should one do in one session of training? Should one try to hold the longest possible every time or a set time for as many ...
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I can't get any abdominal activation, how to fix?

Whenever I do exercises like hanging leg raises or cable crunches, or just generally any crunch or ab exercise, I don't really feel like I'm getting any good abdominal/core activation and so after ...
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How effective are Kneeling Cable Crunches?

They're not the most well-known ab isolation exercise, but they are documented on exrx and Icecream Fitness 5x5 recommends them as the only ab isolation needed in the routine. Does anyone know/have ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What are good all-round core exercises

So after a dieting period I'm switching back to eating healthy but in larger quantities (bulking). What would be good all-round exercises to do all week round? I work out 4 days a week so could I ...
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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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Breathing during abs workout (Weider 6)

I'm following a series of daily abs exercises to gain a "6 pack" (is it called this way?). As one can see at Weider's Six page all exercises include pulling up legs, chest and face, holding the ...
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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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Core/Abdominal Exercises with Lordosis

I have hyperlordosis as a result of very weak lower abs. I have been doing a lot of leg work on my hamstrings and glutes to strengthen my posterior chain, but I am having trouble finding any proper ...
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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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remove belly fat but am already slim only belly fat [duplicate]

i have lot of fat in my stomach area am trying to remove how do i remove belly fat without using equipment am already slim and my weight is just 64kg and 5.80 tall can some one advice me what to ...
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Goal…in 10 months [duplicate]

19 yr old female 5'8" 137 lbs. 22% +/-3% BF (caliper test), mesomorph, pear shape Want to get to about 130 and have reasonably taut abdominal muscles. Getting ready for a friend's wedding, and I have ...
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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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Lower back pain due to ab workout

I seem to have an issue with my lower back. Whenever I am doing a workout for the lower ab region, even though I tighten the ab muscles, my lower back hurts a lot that I have to use a warm water pack ...
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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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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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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 ...