I can't work out my abs.

When I do exercises like those in pic related , my thighs get tired and I don't feel any tension in my abs. In fact, I hit my abs while doing them and they feel soft, as if they were at rest.

It's quite frustrating. Should I just give it time and continue with regular exercise, or is this an issue that needs addressing?

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  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    When I do these I fart. A lot.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      please record next time

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous
    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Better out than in

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      thank you for letting us know.

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I was thinking about this for a second
    Do you have any ass? I bet you don't have much butt, do you.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      No, i dont have much

      is this literally the only ab exercise you can think of? there are much much better ones anon, have you tried hanging knee raises?

      I'm not sure if there is an exercise that solely targets the abdominal muscles without the option of activating complementary efforts

      is this literally the only ab exercise you can think of? there are much much better ones anon, have you tried hanging knee raises?

      I'll give it a try

      Your hip flexors are taking over.

      Before doing this exercise put your heels on a raised surface like a box used in box jumps, then pull down on your heels activating your glutes. then do crunches.

      the ROM will be tiny but as glutes are antagonistic to the hip flexors it'll stop them being overactive and allow you to do ab workouts using your actual abs when you do them next

      Thanks for the advice.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >No, i dont have much
        Twas a jest but I had a feeling.
        So lay on your back. I see what you're doing. Quit locking your leg at the thigh, you're concentrating the wrong are to do a leg raise for abs.
        While you're laying on the ground, focus on trying to do a sit up. Don't let your upper body raise but you feel your legs want to naturally raise with this motion.
        Now focus on this motion and bring the legs up with your lower abs and comes back down but don't let your legs touch and you should feel central weight more or less on your tailbone.
        MUSCLES ARE COOL

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    is this literally the only ab exercise you can think of? there are much much better ones anon, have you tried hanging knee raises?

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Make sure to keep your shoulders off the ground when you do it.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      No

      https://i.imgur.com/Ppr2h9L.png

      When I do exercises like those in pic related , my thighs get tired and I don't feel any tension in my abs. In fact, I hit my abs while doing them and they feel soft, as if they were at rest.

      It's quite frustrating. Should I just give it time and continue with regular exercise, or is this an issue that needs addressing?

      Abs only respond to extreme hypertrophy, it doesn't matter the exercise.
      No specific exercises aren't better than other exercises unless it targets a specific portion of the abs.
      If you aren't low enough body fat to determine which portion of your body needs to be worked out more, stop focusing so hard on wanting abs and just keep exercising until you are 12% body fat.
      If you are ever above 16% body fat, you're too fricking fat. 16% is the bulk upper limit.
      12% is the cut.

      Your abs are a stabilizer muscle, every single action you ever do works out the abs slightly.
      You simply do not have a high enough total volume for them to feel stimulation.
      >inb4 some homosexual comes in cope posting about ab wheel or some other bottom boy exercise

      DId you go for a run beforehand to put the abs into extreme hypertrophy?
      Did you do more than 200 crunches before switching to scissor kicks?
      How the frick do you think you stimulate a muscle group that keeps 80-100lbs of weight stable for 16+ hours of a day.

      Abs, like calf muscles are a you gotta live it muscle group dude.
      I do no leg-hold situps m8, it's the hardest ab exercise there is unless you put your legs up on a pullup bar and do ab lifts.
      I still only start getting stimulation when I'm about 100 reps into a set.
      On ab lifts I start getting stimulation about 75 reps into a set.
      If I use ab wheel it takes about 200+ reps for me to feel anything and with scissor kicks I might as well be there for multiple minutes.

      Doing hypertrophy exercises (like running) beforehand reduces all thee rep ranges to about half.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I'm actually fat, like 25-30% (according to google images)
        But i'm not the tipical fat dude that just want to do 1000 reps per day until gets ripped.
        I'm following a daily plan, and today was the abs day. They suggested those 2 exercises, and I couldn't do them correctly.
        Thanks for the advices

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Just do planks as an accessory at the end of real routine. A plan with a stand-alone "abs day" is pure moronation mass market fad israeli tricks. Be a man.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >abs day
          what the frick

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Gotta start somewhere dude, frick

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You should go for a run right before doing ab exercises?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You should go for a run right before doing ab exercises?

        Nevermind, you basically answered at the end.
        >Doing hypertrophy exercises (like running) beforehand reduces all thee rep ranges to about half.

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Your hip flexors are taking over.

    Before doing this exercise put your heels on a raised surface like a box used in box jumps, then pull down on your heels activating your glutes. then do crunches.

    the ROM will be tiny but as glutes are antagonistic to the hip flexors it'll stop them being overactive and allow you to do ab workouts using your actual abs when you do them next

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    do cable crunches like a civilized person. if i ever see you in my gym doing this gay exercise flapping your feet like a fricking fish i will absolutely sit on your face and shove your head in my ass.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You won't do a frickin thing fairy twink

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Do single leg raises work different muscles than double leg raises?

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Do situps with your feet locked in to one of these

    You don't need to go all the way back though (unless you really want to), just far enough that you're getting your abs to activate

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    ok well no one else has said the obvious
    first cue, NEVER put your hands under your butt when doing these. that makes it way easier for the abs and makes the exercise useless.
    second cue, keep you lower back flat against the ground. if you have a resistance band, you can tie it around something at ground level and pin it under your lower back, so that if your lower back comes off the ground, the band will come loose. the set is over when the band unwillingly comes loose. this will keep your reps strict.
    third, extend your arms overhead (almost parallel to floor) and keep your shoulders off the floor. this will engage the upper abs like an isometric crunch.
    try these and reply with the results. i used to struggle with this exercise as well until i implemented the advice above.

  10. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    don't go all the way back down

  11. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm kinda the same. Ab wheel is the best thing for me, so try it out.

  12. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    do a posterior pelvic tilt while doing them

  13. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Use abs not legs/hips.
    Feel the abs.

  14. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    1) stop eating carbs
    2) cardio; walk a mile a day or something
    Easiest way to get abs. Don't even have to lift. If you feel insecure about that, try L-sits or hollow body crunches. Those rely less on hip flexors.

  15. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    MOTHER
    FRICKIN
    DEAD BUGS
    I don't know why nobody recommends this shit. Perhaps because they look pretty moronic. High rep dead bugs will shred your shit up with minimal hip flexor interference. Based exercise. I warm up with them every workout and then when actually targeting abs I do them until failure. So perfect man. Real thuggin and dead buggin all day. Love this exercise.

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