Any suggestions for ab exercises that don't hurt my back?

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  1. turbo35

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    For some reason, far before my abs are fatigued, my lower back starts hurting. This is with both normal and weighted situps. My back isn't super weak or anything, I can do maybe 20 pullups... I think it's in far better shape than my midsection, yet it starts bothering me before I feel like I'm getting any decent work on the stomach.

    Any suggestions for alternatives?
     
  2. Ep

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    same here brotha. I got a bad lower back from bad posture drumming. Shit sucks
     
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    Those only (or at least mainly) work out your upper back. Your lower back is the weak part i'd imagine. Unless you mean your upper back hurts when you do situps???

    45 degree back extensions (dunno if thats what they're really called), pullthroughs, SLDLs, RDLs, etc. for the lower back and hamstrings
     
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    my back starts hurting if im doing crunches
     
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    your back hurts because your TVA is weak

    Do planks...
     
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    beat me to it.. came in here to say weak back :p
     
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    its not the back, its the transverse abdominals which causes pain in the back.
     
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    so if i do planks eventually it wont hurt its like a piercing pain
     
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    planks and rotational ab movements.
     
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    My lower back isn't really weak, but I did injur it a year back pretty badly so now I stick with pretty "easy on the back" ab exercises.

    I typically make the bulk of my ab workout stem from hanging leg raises.
    Then I will finish off with crunches on a machine that takes most of the stress of your back. And finally, stationary rotations with a medicine ball or weight.
     
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    im in the same situation as DTR rex. when i went to see a physical therapist about my lower back pain, he had me perform certain abdominal exercises and advised against any ab work that doesn't support your back. which basically means stick with variation of laying sit-ups
     
  12. Ep

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    I did 5 last night for 2 or so minutes each. 1 minute rest between. Dont hurt my back. Felt it in my arms the most:dunno:

    And yeah I know exactly what you are talking about. Its a pain that comes on slowely, but stops the second you stand back up or whatever. Its not necessarily a weak back I would like to think, its just "bad". I had shit drum posture for 15 years, thatll do it
     
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    I am the poster child for the F&N back problems since I've been cut open twice.

    My salvation has been kneeling cable crunches at various heights and postures using the rope attachment you'd use for pulldowns.
     
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    wtf does a series of dams and reservoirs have to do with lifting weights?
     
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    it might be your form...
     
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    No, its not necessarily his form. Ab Crunches, esp where you hold your hands behind the back of your head, cause a lot of stress on the lower back. In addition to what everyone said here, i'd suggest moving your hands onto your chest, if you do not already
     
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    Yeah, it's kinda hard to have bad form with a crunch. I can't really do many crunches before my lower back starts to kill. Im thinking about seeing a doc about it. For now I don't go all the way down to my back, and just do twice the reps
     
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    it's not just the TVA
     
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    Actually, I'm holding ~10 lbs around face level... and yeah, those are the ones that I feel after maybe 10-12 heavy reps. I like to hold myself off the floor so I feel my abs tight, hold that for ~5 seconds, then complete the sit-up... let it back to the same place, pause, and let myself down. I feel those working the abs, but they kill my back before my abs are tired.

    Guess I'll have to stick to machines and equipment exercises for ab stuff. :dunno:
     
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    yeah... *really* useful :hsugh:
     
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    indeed
     
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    maybe try working stabilizers and the core, by holding a 10-25lb. plate above your head and having feet close together, make a figure 8 with your hips both ways.

    im bored, its just an idea
     
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    yeah im glad he came in here to lay down some knowledge :rolleyes:
     
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