Questions tagged [abdominals]

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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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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rock abs -lower abs [duplicate]

I would like to ask about abs. I have checked Running and six pack abs and this one https://www.mensjournal.com/health-fitness/25-best-lower-ab-workouts/ . Both of them are great,but aren't good for ...
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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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Transverse Abdominis Confusion

Recently I've learned that to prevent a "bloated" stomach, you should contract the transverse abdominis when exercising. Since I've never worked the TVA specifically, I couldn't contract it and knew ...
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What sports or activities work out abs/core intensely without specifically being an ab/core exercise?

I enjoy exercising, but far more when it's an activity like running, biking, rowing, yoga, rock climbing, etc... It's ok with me if those activities take place in a gym, like treadmills, just not a ...
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Weighted exercises for lower abs

Even at 15+% bodyfat, I've been able to get my upper abs to show clearly by doing weighted exercises: Cable crunches and weighted russian twists[1]. Looking back on it, I'd even say it wasn't that ...
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How do I add weight to ab exercises?

The question is lucid enough. How do I add weights to ab exercises like bicycle crunches, abdominal crunches, cross arm crunches and other main ab home workouts. Note - I do my exercises at home, so ...
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Does exercising your abs make is stronger?

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 ...
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Train Calfs and Abs weight- or repetition-based?

I'm doing one-legged standing calf raises and crunches in my workout routine. A lot of people talk about training these two muscle groups (calfs and abs) specifically based on repetition, therefor ...
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No Pain when training abs [duplicate]

After the first two times I trained abs I had pain for weeks, but since then I haven't encountered any noticeable muscle pain. Do I need to stimulate the pain/ache sensation to get abs or will they ...
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Abs with lower fat better results

I lose body fat cutting my meals.I see that my abs seems more.I can't say is strong but more showable.What I came here to ask is ,if I cut food,only vegetables and fruits and salads,will my abs ...
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Is it possible/useful to create core soreness?

I workout my core and my abs everyday for a year now and, even on heavy workout days I have never experienced core soreness. To be complete, I have felt abs soreness for a couple of minutes, but ...
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I can't do curl ups without someone holding my feet down?

I'm 14 years old, and throughout the multiple tests we've had to do in gym, I am never able to do a curl up without automatic form break. My lower back doesn't go up and my arms move causing the form-...
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Define the upper abs only workouts-low body fat

I want to define the upper abs, I am interested only in workout programs. My food intake is ok but I do not think I am doing proper a workout; I don't have much bodyfat and I want to focus only on ...
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Can an intense core/abs workout gives you diarrhea?

I follow a pretty intense core/abs workout since 15 days and I have diarrhea since 12-13 days, can it be linked? I mean, does such kind of workout compress so much the bowel that it 'liquify' its '...
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Abdominal role in squats

Many people, websites,videos and wikipedia imply that squats, specially weighted squats train the abdominal muscles. But squatting without contracting my belly makes it that the abdominal pressure ...
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Time per workouts using ab wheel for bigger abs workout

What are the workouts that will give me results using only an ab wheel. How much time should it be good to make them huge? I can do all day, I eat healthily but what I want is really to focus only to ...
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How should I integrate 5K training with bodyweight exercises?

I have found a C25K plan that is 100% interval training with full runs only during the last few weeks. However, I don’t just want to be able to run a 5k. I also want to eventually get 6 pack abs so I ...
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Dedicate one whole day for abs

I work out three days a week, two times per day (very early and very late in the day), just because I like it (I don't have a massive body, but literally working out makes me feel good so I go there ...
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