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Effect on abs: leg raises vs crunches

First let's see how the exercises square up on the whole. Studies have been performed regarding the EMG (electromyography) activity for various abdominal muscles in a variety of exercises. You will ...
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Why do abdominal exercises have so many reps when hypertrophy exercises are limited to 12 at most?

Why Do Abs Exercises Have So Many Reps? Short Answer: To feel "The Burn" Many people erroneously feel that most abs exercises are cardio exercises. As a result, they try to perform as many reps in ...
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Suddenly not sore anymore?

Soreness does not mean that you had a good workout (or vice versa), it means you had a workout you weren't used to. I've been lifting for a few years and I never feel sore, except for when I've had a ...
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How to tighten abs while working out

Easy peezy! If I were to punch you, and you were ready for it, you would 'tense' up and hold your breath correct? 'Tightening' your abs work much the same way. Don't push the stomach out, or ...
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training abs every day, several times a day

Everyone wants a six-pack and everyone wants to increase core strength, but should you do abs exercises every day to accomplish that goal? Some of the most frequent questions I get about abs training ...
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Can an intense core/abs workout gives you diarrhea?

No. Diarrhea is a symptom of what's going on inside your stomach. Your abdominal muscles are outside, and don't have any effect on your digestive system. If you have a problem with diarrhea, you ...
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I don't feel my ab workouts

Just to get this out of the way Probably one of the most commonly uttered phrases around here, but it can't be said often enough: A flat belly is made in the kitchen, not in the gym. It doesn't matter ...
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Tips on having six packs and losing fat and keeping the muscles I have

First you should have clear some concepts. You don't burn fat on belly by doing abs, nor do you make ab muscles visible by doing abs. As it's said, abs are made in the kitchen. Doing abs workout, ...
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Is there a benefit to doing crunches over sit-ups?

The rectus abdominus works to curl the torso, and bring the lower part of the ribcage forward and down. It is one muscle, and as such, any exercise that curls the body works the entire muscle. The "...
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What does it mean to "isometrically contract" some muscles?

There are two major types of muscle contractions - Isometric and Isotonic. Isotonic - This is the "typical" type of muscle contraction, in that it produces movement. The muscle contracts and ...
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What are the benefits or drawbacks of full sit ups vs crunches?

Consider for a moment that a major job for your abs is not to pull your chest to your knees (crunch and sit up style), but to remain erect and not collapse like when doing a front squat: Crunches and ...
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Abdominal role in squats

Squats train all of the supporting muscles of the torso -- including the anterior/abdominal muscles -- if you use a Valsalva maneuver. Consider performing each squat repetition using these steps: ...
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Weighted exercises for lower abs

You can't target the lower abs, as there are no distinct upper and lower ab muscles, it's all just rectus abdominis, and you can't spot reduce fat either. Expect to need to get below 10% body fat for ...
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When and how often should I train my core/abs?

The amount of (appropriate intensity) training volume necessary to maintain Ab Hypertrophy is typically going to be zero sets per week. The minimum volume required to make progress is also typically ...
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remove belly fat but am already slim only belly fat

Hi Sanoj, At your current height and weight, you're not fat (healthy weight, ideal weight based on height, and BMI calculation). As a result, I highly doubt that dieting would help you achieve your ...
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Womans Abdominal issues

You may find some helpful information in this post-partum/saggy belly q/a. Since you are able to improve the look with muscular contraction, you should consider specific exercises to target your abs ...
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Why I never feel DOMS on my abs?

You Won't Have DOMS on Your Abs.......and that's an awesome thing! Your abs muscles' primary function is to stabilize your upper body; this comprises more than half of your body weight. They also ...
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Why I never feel DOMS on my abs?

And does this mean I'm not having progress or not doing enough? There’s a common perception that DOMS is a valid indicator for muscle hypertrophy, and, is a desirable goal for muscular gain. It’s ...
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Tips and tricks for abs

There's no “magic” set of exercises to get great abs. That's because great abs are a result of genetics, proper nutrition, and a long commitment to hard work. Each of of has one or more body parts ...
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How to use abs when they have never been properly used before?

Sounds like your transverse abdominus is very weak and the rest of your core needs stability training to teach them to work properly before moving onto dynamic training. You're onto something with ...
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What are the most effective ab exercises in terms of muscle activation?

The Problem with Ab Exercises Most ab workouts/routines you see are mostly if not entirely composed of bodyweight exercises. These are great for beginners, because there is such a sharp learning ...
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Why I never feel DOMS on my abs?

DOMS has nothing to do with gains. Some exercises, like barbell good mornings, will wreck your hamstrings with DOMS, but that is because it's a lengthening (eccentric) movement, which is where DOMS ...
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Are bigger AB wheels better?

Anecdotally I've used smaller ones and bigger ones and never noticed much of a difference. The bigger and fancier ones, honestly, are generally just about marketing. Instead of buying the $9 one at ...
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Is it good for training upper and lower abs in alternative days?

For getting abs? Sure. For burning fat? No. Doing ab workouts doesn't do much in the way of burning fat. Fat burning happens when you consume less calories than you spend over any given period of ...
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Lower abs not hurting

Your focus isn’t to train the upper / mid / lower abs -- crunches only target the rectus abdominis. In addition, crunches places unnecessary strain on your back, which would explain the LBP. Try to ...
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Do crunches actually increase belly size?

GREAT question! Actually the answer is more complex then I thought. Your deep abdominal muscles are primarily stabilizers. These muscles are primarily composed of Type I, oxidative muscle fibers. ...
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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"?

Just because you are skinny doesn't mean you necessarily are toned/have good muscle definition. If you lose weight but aren't exercising (including ab exercises) then you are probably not going to see ...
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Exercises for Abs (Chronic Neck Pain)

Here's one I haven't seen bother the neck, the Pallof Press. (Or, because I hate exercises named after names, what I call "Ab Punchouts"): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3siU3GmosE It’s crucial to ...
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Small equipments for abs

If you're talking about reducing belly fat, you should read up that spot reduction is a myth: you can't target fat on any part of your body. But directly answering your question the smallest piece ...
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