I'm looking to strengthen my abs, as they're very weak, but there's a hitch; a lot of exercises which are said to be great I can't do without my lower back 'clunking' about whilst performing them and sometimes without getting pain. To give you an understanding of what causes this, it seems to be anything that changes my hip angle, ie
-hanging leg/knee raises
Even if I just stand straight and bring one knee up to my chest and then lower it it can make my back 'click.' And by click I mean I can both feel and hear my lower back make a dull 'bumping' noise. If you were to gently tap a table or wall with your knuckles, that's the noise my lower back makes, albeit slightly muffled.
Does anyone have any idea what the hell this could be? I have anterior pelvic tilt due to several muscular imbalances, one of them being my abs, which I think play a part in it, but other than that I'm clueless.
03-14-2011, 07:03 AM #1
Lower back 'popping' and pain when doing some ab exercises
03-14-2011, 08:17 AM #2
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03-14-2011, 10:53 AM #3
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I'm familiar with the clicking you are talking about because I have the same thing myself if I do lying leg raises. It isn't painful per se, but not a comfortable feeling.
My advice would be to keep trying other ab exercises until you find some that doesn't cause this. My favorite are hanging leg raises, which I see you listed as problematic, but that isn't a suprise since it requires pelvic shift. I also like kneeling cable crunches and ball crunches. I think these two might work for you since it doesn't make the hip shift as much as other ab exercises.Use the tools of the trade to help you. I use devices such as chalk for grip strength, gloves, wrist straps, lifting belts - if it helps you lift more, it's all good. - Ronnie Coleman, Hardcore, 2007 Triumph Books
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