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Farkenell
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« on: March 30, 2006, 08:35:20 PM »

Can lack of ab training affect the lower back???

Now and again my lower back gets sore, someone mentioned that I may have an imbalance of strength around the midsection (my front side is considerably weaker than my back side).

I dont do any exercises for abs, but I do heavy rows, squats, lunges, deadlifts with good form.

Does anyone believe lacking ab strength can result in back pain??

Any thoughts???
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2006, 06:09:22 PM »

knee raises and sit-ups, both weighted.
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2006, 03:36:49 PM »

Can lack of ab training affect the lower back???

Does anyone believe lacking ab strength can result in back pain??

Any thoughts???


core strength is important on all major movements.

do your ab work
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2006, 01:39:34 AM »

Can lack of ab training affect the lower back???

Now and again my lower back gets sore, someone mentioned that I may have an imbalance of strength around the midsection (my front side is considerably weaker than my back side).

I dont do any exercises for abs, but I do heavy rows, squats, lunges, deadlifts with good form.

Does anyone believe lacking ab strength can result in back pain??

Any thoughts???
Can lack of ab training affect the lower back??? Yes, work your abs.
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2006, 09:03:13 PM »

Yes it can.

Your spine is basically a straight line with some lateral reinforcement up at the diaphragm, and lower at the hips. The middle section is vulnerable.

Imagine the pulling force on that straight line if one side is stronger than the other.

Thats why symmetry is so important.

Same goes for arms and legs. Big hams and weak quads is asking for trouble, and vice versa. Big biceps with no support along the back is also trouble. I wonder if thats why so many wrestlers tear arm muscles all the time.   Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Good luck with it.
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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2006, 10:45:02 AM »

Totally agree.  For patients with back pain I usually recommend ab exercises.
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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2006, 06:15:09 PM »

Let me start off with that I do ab work and I have for years.  Having said that some guys with the best abs never train them.  The abs have a very short range of motion.  Doing squats, chins, tricep pushdowns and deadlifts the abs will be forced to be contracted hard. I have seen many powerlifters in the lower weight classes that never train abs with rock hard defined abs.  Most would agree that having strong abs keeps the back in alinement.  Train abs directly but realize general heavy lifting also trains your abs. 
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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2006, 10:35:42 PM »

Def work your abs but don't go overboard cause sore abs makes your body put more stress on your lower back. Don't forget obliques either and while doing the exercises you stated be sure to contract your abs while performing them.


Just my 2 cents Cool
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« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2006, 11:13:24 PM »

yes
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« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2006, 09:56:36 AM »

You have to do abs bro if your bodybuilding.  If you have excess fat around the stomach this will put pressure on your back muscles and pull forward on them.
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« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2006, 11:28:26 AM »

Thanks fellas.

I know I have abs.. under the layer of fat  Grin and I'll start training abs say twice a week and see if you're advice helps.

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