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    Lower Back Pain While Doing Abs!

    I'm finding difficulty training my abdominals due to pain in my lower back, I don't understand this my friend trains his abs like he's doing nothing and he's skinny in fact the only amazing thing about his body at the moment are his abs, but when I train my abs I feel a sharp pain in my back after around 10 reps and usually I don't even feel my abs working but instead feel my lower back =/ , I train my lower back weekly performing some hyper-extensions but still feel disappointed when I perform my abdominal workout =/

    Any tips to how I can solve this problem I've been experiencing it even before I started the gym 5 months ago I thought the pain would all go away after some back training, I even checked with a doctor once, he told me there's nothing wrong with me but failed to give me a solution =/
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    Might just be doing crunches incorrectly, or maybe you pulled something and hasnt healed? just try different exercises and go easy
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    What are the exact ab exercises you're doing?

    If it's just crunches and spinal flexion stuff, get rid of them and do other ones instead. Hanging leg raises, dragon flags, planks, whatever, should be easier on your lower back and are just as good if not better exercises.
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    Originally Posted by Apocalypto08 View Post
    What are the exact ab exercises you're doing?

    If it's just crunches and spinal flexion stuff, get rid of them and do other ones instead. Hanging leg raises, dragon flags, planks, whatever, should be easier on your lower back and are just as good if not better exercises.
    I do crunches, sit ups and hanging leg raises I even tried some dragon flags at home they all hurt my back I don't understand why I'm sure I'm doing them correctly =/
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    you might be using the hipflexors instead of ur abs lol
    i used to do it, i did cruches with a straight back lol wut.
    Tho it is easy to fix, just focus on bringing your chest close to your hips instead of "trying to get up" to your knees
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    Originally Posted by NP603 View Post
    Might just be doing crunches incorrectly, or maybe you pulled something and hasnt healed? just try different exercises and go easy
    No it can't be I'm sure I'm doing them correctly, I don't think it's something I pulled when, I went to the doctor he checked my back and said It's fine, I try to vary as much as I can but it seems every Ab excersise I perform hurts my back I only experience this when doing abs =/ I'm able to train other muscles normally =/
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    Originally Posted by guinaoum1 View Post
    you might be using the hipflexors instead of ur abs lol
    i used to do it, i did cruches with a straight back lol wut.
    Tho it is easy to fix, just focus on bringing your chest close to your hips instead of "trying to get up" to your knees
    Yes I used to do that too but got it fixed but I still experience back pain =/
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    I used to get them when I start to fatigue when doing weighted sit ups, and weighted leg raises. Even without weight I would get a sharp pain. So instead of doing it just on the floor, I am using a bosu ball. It allows for a greater stretch for greater range of motion, and it is very comfortable on my lower back. give it a shot!
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    Cut out the sit-ups and crunches completely and see if that does it.

    If for some ridiculous reason you still want to do them, after all your claims of low back pain, focus on bring your abs up toward a point on the ceiling directly above your head, not bringing them up and forward.

    And your back doesn't irritate you with anything else?
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    Originally Posted by SpencerGull View Post
    I used to get them when I start to fatigue when doing weighted sit ups, and weighted leg raises. Even without weight I would get a sharp pain. So instead of doing it just on the dloor, I am using a bosu ball. It allows for a greater stretch for greater range of motion, and it is very comfortable on my lower back. give it a shot!
    Thanks I'll try it =D
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    Originally Posted by Apocalypto08 View Post
    Cut out the sit-ups and crunches completely and see if that does it.

    If for some ridiculous reason you still want to do them, after all your claims of low back pain, focus on bring your abs up toward a point on the ceiling directly above your head, not bringing them up and forward.

    And your back doesn't irritate you with anything else?
    I wish I could replace them with a whole new workout but since every ab excersise hurts my back I don't have much of a choice =/ , no my back is excellent , only when I do abs is that it starts to fail me =(
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