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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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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fat around side, did woodchoppers

I did woodchoopers yesterday for the first time, however they didn't bloat me up as much I bloat when I do situps or other exercises that target the abdominal area, is there a reason for this?
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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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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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Is there a benefit to doing crunches over sit-ups?

Leaving aside the health risks (As per Wikipedia, "Some argue that situps can be dangerous due to high compressive lumbar load"), is there any benefit to doing crunches as opposed to sit-ups? From ...
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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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How much time does it take to reduce belly fat?

I read lot of questions on reducing belly fat in this forum. I am also suffering from large fat around my abdomen. i have started exercise (weight training + cardio) and leading with healthy food ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Working abs after regular workout

A guy in my gym suggested not to work for abs after regular/other body part workout. Reason was that, if you do abs after regular workout, muscles get loose and your workout will go waste. How true ...
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Why Aren't I More Tone?

For the last four months I have been doing the Insanity workout. During this time I have decreased the amount of food I eat to about 1800-2000 calories a day. I drink the recommended amount of water ...
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What is the best way to get rid of love handles and lower belly fat?

I have been doing cardio lately, eating pretty healthy and doing lots of ab exercises Planks The Wheel Knee lifts Rotating back with body bar my upper abs and upper side abs are getting very ...
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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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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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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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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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At Home Regime To Build Upper Body Muscle

At the age of 19, I've come to accept for many years that my lower body would take complete and total predominance when it comes to my muscle mass. However, over the last year or so, I've been ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How does the handstand compare to the plank for abdominal training?

As part of a body weight circuit, I have been using the plank as the abdominal component. Additionally, I have been working on doing handstands, in preparation for doing handstand push ups. How well ...
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I can't hold a plank for long - how do I get more effect out of a session?

I can hold a plank for 20-30s tops, I think, far shorter after I did other work. I have some ideas tow get more Volume and effect out of a session: hold until perfect form is no more doable, rest 20 ...
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How to shorten the abs to keep belly in?

I'm 37, with an average body type (not skinny, not fat), but my belly requires constant attention not to pop out like a beer addict. It's not fat and it doesn't feel bloated... it simply seems like my ...
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Best way to work out abdominal muscles without hurting spine

I am frequently hearing of new research finding how bad situps and crunches are (example). So what is a safe way to exercise the abdominal muscles? For example is doing the plank proven to be a safe ...
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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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Do abdominal vacuum exercises reduce the belly?

I'm aware that localized reduction of fat it largely a myth and that I'll have to really lose weight if I want to get rid of my belly. However, if the muscles in the belly are tighter, wouldn't that ...
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Bodyweight exercise for the 'v'-muscle in the lower abdomen

What exercise can I do for developing the lowest abdominal muscles (colloquially named the V-muscles)? I need something that's bodyweight and I am aware that I'd need to lose some weight until ...
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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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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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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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Skinny but flabby, what to do?

I appear skinny but anyone who's seen me without a shirt knows the truth! My chest, arms, and legs all look healthy (as far as I'm concerned) but my stomach is this fatty mess. It's not that I don't ...
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Reason for some variations in doing crunches or other ab exercises

In fitness classes I have often seen that crunches were done in a specific pattern, for example: 10 normal crunches 10 crunches in 2 steps (i.e. up hold 1 count, up hold 1 count, down, down) 10 mini ...
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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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Exercise for six pack abs

I want to have six pack abs and I am doing 6 different exercises for that. But none of them more than 10 times. Is it sufficient or do I need to increase the number of repetitions? Could anyone ...
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Running and six pack abs

I've been struggling with weight almost entire life (I was just lazy). I'm 176 cm tall and I currently have 79kg. A year ago I was 96 kg. I gave up soda, chocolate and eating after 6 PM and went to ...
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How to incorporate abs into a weekly schedule?

It seems to be popular to spread abs exercises over the weekly schedule — e.g. one exercise at the end of every training. OTOH there is an option to do abs all on one day, alone or combined with ...
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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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Running vs Insanity vs P90X

I am 25yo 170cm x 57kg and I like run I started running 3 years ago, because I wanted to lose weight, so after few months I get rid of 25kg~, after that I continued running more seriously, and I ...
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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 ...