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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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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How can I shed fat over my abs without cardio? [duplicate]

I recently badly sprained my ankle (grade II) and will therefore be unable to do significant cardio for ~8 weeks. However, I would still like to shed the layer of fat over my abs. My first thought is ...
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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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Bigger abs at home

i would like to do my abs bigger.I want better workouts at home because i think this is my problem,even i have seen a lot nothing helpful.I have wheel ab too.I want to increase my abs i want bigger....
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The visible results on abs small or big

I am doing abs and I wonder how will be in future if I still workout.Specific to topic,4pack, 6 pack,8 pack is caused by genetics.The issue is I see some guys have visible small abs 4 pack and others ...
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Wheel ab workout equipment

I am considering buying an ab wheel. Will exercising with it make my abs look stronger and more apparent? I'm not sure if an ab wheel will have a substantial effect on my abs in a short time. Lower ...
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Device to train abs while sitting

I was looking today and I saw that there is a device to train abs without exercising. I'd like to know if should I buy something like this to strengthen and define my abs? I have a normal body fat ...
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Situps are being a pain even though my abs aren't sore anymore [closed]

TLDR at the bottom So whenever I attempt to do a situp it is absurdly difficult for me. With my legs straight instead of bent it is slightly easier but still difficult. However 2 weeks ago on ...
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Pain in Back after lifting body [closed]

I was doing decline bench press with dumb bells, and after exercise i put dumbbell on my chest and tried to lift my body but middle back felt pain middle of thoracic , my body was not lifted enough ...
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Dislocated left shoulder, which core exercises are safe?

TL;DR I dislocated my left shoulder a month ago and it is slowly healing. Which exercises are safe to build my abs, chest and back? I have dislocated my left shoulder a month ago. It is no longer ...
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Small equipments for abs

I want to build my abs. I am eating well, and I wonder if there is a piece of small equipment that could be helpful for me to build abs.
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Exercises for Abs (Chronic Neck Pain)

I have a chronic neck pain that is always in my left lower neck/shoulder area (left trap). Doing standard core workouts (i.e. situps, crunches, oblique crunches) intensify that pain to the point I ...
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Focus on 1 muscle group or not

I am thinking of building some muscle to help burn off the excess fat on my body. Of every part of my body, my abdomen has the most fat. So, I was thinking of focusing on my abs and obliques. But I ...
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Abdominal exercise through menstrual cramps or stop?

This is 1 question that has always been in my head ever since I started trying to go from fat and obese to muscular and healthy weight. If my abs are sore or down and outright in pain, I will not do ...
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Putting weight on stomach

Does putting weight on stomach and then hardening abs, helps in building abs? was doing some excercise in which i had to keep weight on my stomach before carrying with hands.
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Influence of breathing on posture (NOT posture on breathing)

To maintain a good posture during sitting or standing still, one has to use spinal and abdominal muscles (in a perfectly healthy individual it is supposed to happen unconsciously) quite a lot. ...
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How to Train Abs?

This came up in another question here - we had a little debate about the efficacy of crunches vs planks, etc. So, in short, what is the best way to train your abs without risking your spine too much ...
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If the main part in getting “six pack abs” is removing fat, why don't we see people during famine have “six-packs”?

According to the answers to this other question and this other question, the most important thing in getting "six packs abs" seems to be removing the fat around the stomach. In fact the answers ...
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Help and Tips needing for workout plan

I am currently 15 years old. I am 6' tall and I weigh 157 pounds. I am not fat however I am not comfortable with my shirt off because of my unappealing, "skinny-fat" stomach and chest. My goal is to ...
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Effectiveness of Abdominal Vacuum [duplicate]

How effective is the Abdominal Vacuum? I like the exercise because I can do it anywhere, sitting on a chair, walking, sitting in bus, but I don't feel any pain like I do in other muscles after ...