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    monx is offline In Orientation
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    Abnormal abdominal muscles? Mine are weird (pics)

    I'm not a lady of routine; I don't do crunches religiously. I go to kickboxing once a week and might run a couple times a week. I don't really bodybuild or weight train or anything, but my main concern is this: whenever I do crunches, or the plank, or generally any exercise that works the rectus abdominis the way crunches do, my midsection turns into this hideous mound-like thing. I don't know how else to better explain it except through pictures. I know that I have to work on strengthening all my other muscles (internal/external obliques and transversus abdominis), which will probably help to alleviate this, but I was wondering if anyone else has ever had or seen this before? Which exercises would be best, and should I work on strengthening one set more than the others?

    at rest


    crunching


    crunching again


    my view when I crunch

    The way my abs bunch up into a tight mound like that is profoundly disturbing!! It just doesn't look normal at all! Please help me fix it...?
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    Big_Idiot is offline 45h45h5hfghfghnsnfg
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    Reduce body fat and they will appear much more flat.

    Not looking too bad anway

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    monx is offline In Orientation
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    Yeah that's what I'm focusing on right now! Cutting down on bad foods, eating more protein-rich foods and being more active so I can burn that junk.. but only about half an inch of that mound is fat, otherwise it's rock-solid underneath... haha well I'll work harder on getting rid of my pooch and see if that helps anything. I hope it does :/ Thanks!

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    Domestika is offline Warming Up
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    My stomach muscles used to do a very similar thing years ago when I was much more fit. Particular your last picture...that was the exact view I'd see when I'd do crunches.

    My wholly uneducated guess is that only one section of your abs is strong? Maybe if you worked other sections of your abdomen the muscles along the middle would be less pronounced?

    Just a guess! Maybe something to google, reasearch, etc.

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    monx is offline In Orientation
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    Quote Originally Posted by Domestika View Post
    My stomach muscles used to do a very similar thing years ago when I was much more fit. Particular your last picture...that was the exact view I'd see when I'd do crunches.

    My wholly uneducated guess is that only one section of your abs is strong? Maybe if you worked other sections of your abdomen the muscles along the middle would be less pronounced?

    Just a guess! Maybe something to google, reasearch, etc.

    Yeah, that's what I'm guessing is only those muscles are strong and I need to really work the other sections more. I'm finding new exercises to work them, and hoping that sets things straight.. glad to hear that someone else in the world has seen that view before!! I think it's just so unnatural-looking.. it worries me sometimes haha

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    theGOOCH is offline International Man of Mystery
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    I agree...that's a little bit of fat, not the muscle..I also agree you look good... In a totally non-creepy-old-man way LOL

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    May66 is offline Warming Up
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    same here

    I see the same thing when I look down during crunches. It actually feels very firm during except for some loose skin down low from carrying two 9+ pound babies in there during a lifeltime. I am sure the guys are right about reducing body fat and it will look better. I always think of the movie Alien when the thing popped out of the guys stomach - GROSS!

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    lc4660 is offline In Orientation
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    Did you ever figure out what was going on with your abdominals? Mine are doing the exact same thing...But mine seem worse! the middle section of my abs look like an in higher (expanded) when i'm doing a crunches & my sides look sunken in... where as yours are pretty normal...maybe its the inch of the abs that is higher that makes them look like this... looks like a brick is laying down my abdominal rectus.. yikes!! Help!

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    summer123 is offline Second Set
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    You don't have abnormal abs, you are just not training your transverse abs well- you need to pratice being on all 4s (face and body downwards like a dog/cat) and watching your stomach in a mirror. Hold in your abs (without holding your beath) and make your waist appear as hollowed in as possible, this is you training your transverse abs. I repeat, do NOT do this by sucking in your breath, do it by training your abs to hold inwards. Its a different muscle.

    Start off with 5 repeats, holding for 10-15 seconds each, move up as time goes on. As with any muscle, try not to overwork by training every single day.

    Next when you have mastered this, go back to doing sit ups and make sure you hold in your stomach, not push outwards when lifting. It is possible to train yourself to have a pot belly and thats something no one wants!

    Remember, 1 proper sit up is ten times better then 100 bad sit ups.

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