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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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Abs bulging out as I do crunch type exercise

I have started my exercise journey and over the past 6-8 months been actively following programs to build up my fitness and lose weight. I am generally getting stronger and losing fat/gaining muscle ...
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Lower back-friendly abs exercises

I learnt that ab exercises like sit ups are bad for the lower back and now I a looking for alternatives. I found Stuart McGill's “Big Three” exercises, which are back-friendly and two of them train ...
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Palloff press stressing anterior deltoids

I feel my anterior deltoid is being stressed when I do the Palloff press. Form issue or have I strained something?
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Should I pull in or push out abdominal muscles in powerlifting?

Following this reddit thread, it seems to more like a disputed issue. Alan thrall advices to push out, but others to pull in. So, which is right? and, what would be the basis for justifying that the ...
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Does breathing actually improve core tightness?

One can naturally make the core tight by flexing the muscles, so does breathing in allow it to be made more tight? I have seen some guide purport this, but, it doesn't relate with my personal ...
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Feeling palloff press more in arms than core

I've been trying to train my obliques using the anti ab rotation exercise called the pallof press. Here is a picture: You can bring the band to your sternum and then again push put while keeping ...
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Why do we exhale before doing reps in ab exercises?

Normally, we inhale before doing a rep in the typical lift. However, when comes to abs eg: wood chopper, crunch etc, it is often advised to exhale before doing the rep. Why?
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Does flutter kicks effects sexual health?

I am 31 year old, Male and unmarried with weight 83 kgs of height 5ft 8inch. I addicted to abdominal workouts like Flutter kicks. Does this abdominal workouts effect sexual health? I feel Flutter ...
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Suggestions on Postpartum exercises

I know that everyone is different and you should be getting cleared by your MD, but once they do clear you, what are some good exercises to do to help your body recover? Specifically to help with ...
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Abs routine - How many days?

Is there proof that shows whether it is better to do abs everyday or with resting days in-between? I have been doing an abs workout Monday to Friday for a couple of months now. My diet is pretty solid ...
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How to equate weighted crunches with an abdominal crunch machine

What's the equivalent reps of weighted crunches to a given number of reps on an abdominal crunch machine? I keep track of my workout routine on each machine I use at the gym, and practice linear ...
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Slightly visible abs, but bloated belly after eating

I've been training for abs several weeks ago, and thanks to this site and some users who answered my question, my abs started to be slightly visible. However, after I eat, my belly become bloated ...
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Why is my stomach like a Baloon but flat when i flex? [duplicate]

I was always very skinny as a kid, as I got older 21-22 I went to Australia and ate a shit ton of food, I got a little fat I can say, coming back to my home country the diet is different so I wasn't ...
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Same waist size before and after doing crunches, but less fat than before

The day before yesterday (8/6), I did crunches for continuously 10 minutes, and the next day, which is yesterday (8/7) when I woke up, I found that a layer of my fat disappear. By "disappear"...
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Other than for related strength gain, why might abdominal / lower back hypertrophy be desired in both Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting?

I'm going through Everett's Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide For Athletes & Coaches . The following quotes from the chapter Programming & Training caused me to think on the matter of ...
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Should I be able to get abs within a month with my ab-training plan? Or is there a better way?

I'm a new user on this site. Recently, I had an idea of training to get six-pack abs. Although I've been doing a lot of research (I'll show them to you below), I still can't find an effective way of ...
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Hourglass figure and how to prevent it

I just started working out and have noticed that I am developing a sort of hourglass figure. I have some understanding that this might have to do with underdeveloped obliques and some other muscles. I ...
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How can I have a flat tummy? [duplicate]

I work from home at my desk. I run ~8-9 miles a week and hit the gym to lift ~2 times a week. Doing barbell exercises, pushups, pullups, etc. I'm in decent physical shape, but I can't for the life of ...
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How to make upper and lower abs more visible

new guy here, and I greeting everyone in Physical Fitness thread. I have a question about my body. On 20 December 2021, I started abs workout only until today. 1. I am doing every morning like 10 o ...
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What exercises can I do to grow my lower abs at the gym? [duplicate]

I'm going to the gym and nowadays the only exercise I do for my abs is by using the abs machine with weights but I can see only the upper part of my abs grow. What kind of exercises can I do for the ...
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Need progressively harder isolation core & abs exercises

For context, I can do about 40 strict form crunches, 12-13 pullups, 30+ pushups. I've seen a little improvement in definition but not a lot. I have a resistance band and pullup bar that I could use. ...
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14 year old abdominal training

When I was 13 I started training abs (sit ups), first I did 60 one day, 2 series of 30 and started from there. From there my progresion multiplied, started doing 120, 250, 500 and so on but I did this ...
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How to know when and how to push further my body? are my abs weak?

been doing something mildly extreme for a few weeks now. 100 sets of 1 repetition of 125% of what used to be my one rep max strict curl. I only do the negative part of the curl, clean and slow, to get ...
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Are crunches actually a back exercise?

When doing crunches I always feel a burn in my back, started googling around and realized that there are spinal flexors, on the spine, like....spinal flexors directly attached to the spine, might ...
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Do glutes necessarily posteriorly tilt the pelvis while extending the hips?

Here it is written that: With the femur well stabilized, activation of the hip extensors can also posteriorly tilt the pelvis. For simplicity, let's focus on glutes maximum. My questions are: If we ...
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Core exercise for Planche

I have been into bodyweight/calisthenichs training for 1 year now. After working on basic exercises (+30 pull ups/+40 dips/50 pushups/10ish handstand pushups to wall), I decided to start training for ...
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Is there any workout exercise for reducing belly fat/increasing abs strength which can be done without hurting Spine or lower back? [duplicate]

Please provide some information on some abs workout which can be done at home preferably without using equipment, and they are not harmful to spine/back/abdomen and are safe to do without trainer ...
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Why is "squeezing your abs" advised even for exercise where there is high risk of posterior pelvic tilt?

It's known that squeezing the abs is one of the most important rule of (to my knowledge) all workout exercises, especially with weights The reason of this is the ability of ths abs to stabilize the ...
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Hanging knee raises on Short pull-up bar/ form

I am curious how to do hanging knee raises on a short pull up bar in a home gym. I've read that although your arms are engaged, they should be extended. Naturally even a pull-up bar at 7 feet high ...
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What are the different abdominal muscles and how can they be isolated?

I'm reading about a conditional called Diastasis Recti where the abs separate, leading to a strange 'doming' effect when doing a sit-up/crunch or similar. It's mentioned that someone with this ...
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How hip adductors stabilize core in case of weak abs

In the case of weak lower abs I always read that a common compensation pattern consists of hip adductors taking over core stabilization, that works harder to stabilize the core. But I genuinely don't ...
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Low intensity excercise (6 month goal)

I do feel I can commit to my current low intensity workout for a prolonged period if not the rest of my life (my body willing). My previous attempts were to inconsistent, but only because I was doing ...
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How do I learn to control and improve awareness of my core?

I’ve been trying to regain awareness and control over my core since cancer treatment 4 years ago that involved several abdominal/pelvic surgeries. I’m struggling with basic core exercises like Pelvic ...
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Exercise Ball - build huge abs? [duplicate]

How can I build abs or huge abs with this ball? I have seen a lot of videos on YouTube but they don't say the time or the sets needed for an exercise ball routine. How much time and what days should I ...
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I don't feel my ab workouts

I've (F22, BMI=22.1) been doing a 10 min flat ab and slim waist workout I found on youtube, every day, for the past month. Although it has proven to be effective and I have lost a significant amount ...
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Is there a way for self assessment of my lower back and abs muscles?

I would like to know if there any tests I can do at home to self assess of my lower back and abs muscles strength and other parameters?
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Maintaining muscle with indirect work

Let's says a beginner builds a big chest from horizontal movements and then switches to vertical movements only. Would the chest atrophy or maintain it's strength and size? Or vice versa, if someone ...
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Abs exercises for abs with no contact between back and surface

I made lots of abs exercises in order to strengthen my abs and make it 6 packs. Unfortunately, I injured my back while doing the exercises. I would to know if there are any exercises that can be done ...
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Is the opposite/reverse plank good for the abdominals?

In reference to this video (at about minute 6): Is the opposite/reverse plank good for abs, and can it help to gain a 6-pack?
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10-minute ab workouts: how often?

The internet is full of 10-minute ab workout routines. Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p7-YC91Q74 Do these work? The routines are very different from the usual weightlifting-based approach ...
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does training make the abdominal muscles wider and not just thicker?

I noticed my abdominal muscle didn't get "taller" or thicker but they got wider...like really wider. I just watched some progress pictures and my abdomen is really wider. Is the fact that my ...
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Advise ab training before resuming Strong Lifts 5 x 5?

I have been doing the Strong Lifts program for a year and a half at least before COVID closed all of the gyms. The program has been working very well; I have gained muscular mass, look good, and set ...
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When and how often should I train my core/abs?

About me I'm 16, 181 cm. I don't really know the max weight I can lift, because I only have 5 kg dumbells at home. Can do 7-9 pull-ups. For the past two or so months I have been training at home ...
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How to use abs when they have never been properly used before?

I'm quite confident that I have never used my abdominal muscles in a correct manner, at least consciously. I've always done my sit-ups and crunches using my back to do the work - and can only do few ...
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Is there difference between lifting legs and lifting torso for abs training?

Some people hanging upside down holding by legs for bar and bend torso up toward legs. On the other hand some train the opposite way: they hang on hands and lift legs all the way toward hands. What's ...
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Workouts to Strengthen the Rib Cage

A few years ago I used to do Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. During a competitive roll, I popped a rib out of place when my opponent put his knee (and full weight) on my side. That injury took me out for three ...
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How to get my stomach Abs in shape without using any machine work outs & following only home based work outs?

How to get my abs in shape without using any machine work outs, following only home based work outs? There are plenty of articles online discussing abs, which also point to using machines or weights ....
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Hanging workouts frequency -weights-breathing-speed

I want to ask about abs. My food is ok, I eat healthy foods I do other workouts for abs I was doing abs every day I have little body fat (I would like to calculate it somehow. I weigh 70kg and am 1....
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How to get my abs bigger?

Even though I have low fat % on my body, I have a problem getting my abs bigger. The truth is I haven't lifted weights or gone to the gym to make them bigger. My training is: Ab wheel exercises (it ...
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Is planking with a weightlifting belt beneficial?

I have anterior pelvic tilt so whenever I do any sort of ab work, my psoas muscle takes over and I feel intense pain in my lower back. I have tried to activate my abs by planking but my stomach sags ...
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