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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...