I get the fact that exercising your arms, legs and others make it stronger but when I exercise my abs, I don't feel like it makes it stronger. Because when I'm done exercising, I feel like it makes my abs "pop out", but notice it doesn't get stronger.

So, does exercising my abs make it stronger or it just make it pop out.

  • What do you mean by you don't "feel" stronger? Why do you need to feel how strong you are, you can know it. you can see how much weight you can lift or perhaps how many reps of how difficult an exercise you can do
    – Raditz_35
    Commented Aug 25, 2018 at 11:37
  • Yeah, that's just it. Every time I do leg raises, I keep getting weak at a certain number. Aside from that, when I'm being punched, it still hurts no matter how tight I squeeze my abs
    – Prince
    Commented Aug 25, 2018 at 15:16

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If you are exercising your abs by doing deadlifts or squats with a huge amount of weight on the bar, then yes it will make your abs stronger.

If you are doing sit-ups, you might notice that you can do more and more sit-ups the more you practice. When I first started sit-ups it was hard for me to do 40, but after doing them 3-4 times per week for a year I was able to do 200, so certainly the effect was more than just physical appearance. Some people might consider this more "endurance" than "strength" though.

If your definition of strength is more aligned with the physics definition (ability to exert force), then doing hundreds of sit-ups with no weight will improve endurance with diminishing improvement (or none at all) to strength. Doing abs exercises that involve weight (sit-ups while holding a heavy weight, resistance training with heavy weight, deadlifts, squats, etc.) will indeed make you stronger and you will see the proof yourself since if you do these exercises regularly you will see yourself being able to do them with heavier and heavier weights as time goes on.

  • How do I add weight to exercises like leg raises, cross arm crunches, bicycle crunches and abdominal crunches at home?
    – Prince
    Commented Aug 25, 2018 at 23:43
  • @Prince: you can ask a separate question for that. Your question is about whether or not abs exercises make abs stronger. The answer to your new question (about how to add weight to certain exercises) requires me to use more space than available in the comment section, I also want to add a picture to show you. Commented Aug 25, 2018 at 23:59
  • Take a look at this link for my question on adding weights to ab exercises.
    – Prince
    Commented Aug 26, 2018 at 10:01

The properties of muscles is that when one uses it it gets stronger. You need to understand the best exercise for abs like Barbell Floor Wiper, Medicine Ball Slam, Side Jackknife, Dragon Flag, Cocoon and etc.

  • I currently don't have the cash for all of that, so I just go for home exercises
    – Prince
    Commented Aug 25, 2018 at 15:26

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