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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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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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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Are crunches an effective exercise for building the abs?

Vince Gironda was famous for training people like Arnold and Lou Ferrigno and operating Vince's Gym. He was one of the OGs of professional bodybuilding. There's a story I've heard more than once ...
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Why do deadlifts make my obliques sore?

My obliques are sore, I think from PR deadlifts that I did yesterday, because all I did other than that was squats (not PR... rebuilding from a deload), and bench press. I've felt this before, too. ...
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What can I do to make my abs look their best in a very short timeframe?

This is somewhat theoretical, but I find the situation comes up often enough. I'm in good shape, good athletic build, etc. I have decent definition in my abs (you can see the makings of a 6-pack or ...
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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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How do I build my obliques?

I've tried for a couple of months now and I just can't seem to build on my obliques.. I have minimal trouble getting and keeping my 6 pack, but I just can't get those darn obliques. It looks really ...
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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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Correct shoulder position when doing hanging leg raises

What is the correct shoulder positions when doing hanging leg raises? What are the reasons to do it this way and not another one? For example when you hang on the bar you can lift your body up and ...
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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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Swimming for muscle building and fat burn

I heard that swimming is the best option for a whole body workout, but I don't really know what effects that swimming has on my body. Does swimming burn fat and help me building muscles (my first ...
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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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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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Should you workout abs every day or include rest days like other body parts?

Having a debate with a friend where he says you can do ab exercises basically everyday (planks, knee lifts, exercise ball sit ups, etc) and others have said that you said treat is like other body ...
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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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will ripped abs be a no-show if my body fat % is increasing?

So I'm a fit 21 y/o. I have good cardio ability (I can run 10K, swim 2.5k and cycle 150K) I started going to the gym 1.5 months ago, my body fat % was measured at 11% before I began and just like the ...
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How to lose fat even if “fit”?

I'm a 20 years old male who's always been fit. I love sport, and I always practice them such as football, rock climbing, skateboardind... and more. But I want to have a toned body. We never see my ...
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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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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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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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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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Ab exercises following permanent back injury

I am trying to help a (male) friend who suffered back injury in a serious automobile accident several years ago. He cannot walk or stand for more than a few minutes at a time. He is a former US Army ...
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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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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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Optimal exercises for an abdominal workout

In response to this answer, I was curious what exercises specifically target the abdominal muscles. Answers given so far include: Works abs directly: leg raises rollout Indirectly: squats My ...
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Crunches before or after sit-ups?

I use a machine to do 8-12 crunches to failure. I also like to perform sit-ups to failure (and I feel it in the front of my hips, not my abs). Does it matter in which order I do these two exercises? ...
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Does eating before situps do any harm?

My routine before visiting the gym usually involves me finishing work, relaxing for a little while then eating and going to the gym. I've always eaten beforehand simply because I'm hungry at that ...
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How can I get a flat stomach?

I can do plenty of sit-ups and other ab exercises. I also have a house-mate who is a personal trainer so I know I'm doing them right. However, I can stick to a routine of doing reasonable quantities ...
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How often can a person work on their Abs?

In the past I've heard Abs are different from other muscle groups. You can work on your Abs everyday, but then I've also heard, Abs are like any other muscle groups. It needs rest for recovery. So, ...
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After Pregnancy: exercise to close gap in vertical muscles in abs

In "What to Expect When You're Expecting" after birth of baby, it advises to close the gap in your vertical ab muscles before going back to a strenuous routine. My questions are: 1) checking for the ...