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    Ab Workouts With Injured Back

    Gotta work my abs harder b/c I'm having a LOT of lower back problems (slipped disc). The back is being resolved through therapy, but I need some ab exercises that I can do that will NOT put impact on my spine.

    Crunches, rope crunches, or any other sit up exercise on the floor spells trouble.

    What are some ab exercises I can do that wont harm my back? Side bends are ideal for me - what about crunches on a decline bench? I can't do crunches on the rubber balls, either.
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    I've got a sore lower back right now too, not as bad as you (just a muscle strain) and hanging leg raises have worked out for me well without giving me pain.
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    Alam, how did you hurt your back? Sounds like mine right now.
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    Just overworking myself with deadlifts one day ><
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    Originally Posted by animal2b View Post
    Gotta work my abs harder b/c I'm having a LOT of lower back problems (slipped disc). The back is being resolved through therapy, but I need some ab exercises that I can do that will NOT put impact on my spine.

    Crunches, rope crunches, or any other sit up exercise on the floor spells trouble.

    What are some ab exercises I can do that wont harm my back? Side bends are ideal for me - what about crunches on a decline bench? I can't do crunches on the rubber balls, either.
    If you have a decline bench, you could do crunches on it. However, you need to make sure your back completely straight. No rounding. Leg lifts will also be beneficial in your situation.

    See here for ideas: http://www.exrx.net/Lists/ExList/Wai...l#anchor172895
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    Hanging leg raises and leg lifts will tense your your hip flexors, this can cause a foward tilt of the pelivs, pelvis being pulled foward does what...anyone......hurts lower back. <--what you want to avoid.

    Only thing I can think of are crunches though man. Sorry. But it's not typically strength that people lack. It's endurance. Cruches are just fine, just don't go past the "sticking point", keep your low back on the ground and do a lot.
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    Originally Posted by animal2b View Post
    Gotta work my abs harder b/c I'm having a LOT of lower back problems (slipped disc). The back is being resolved through therapy, but I need some ab exercises that I can do that will NOT put impact on my spine.

    Crunches, rope crunches, or any other sit up exercise on the floor spells trouble.

    What are some ab exercises I can do that wont harm my back? Side bends are ideal for me - what about crunches on a decline bench? I can't do crunches on the rubber balls, either.
    how about asking your doctor or the therapy guys.
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