Tight abdominals without crunches?

  • SFTraveler

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    Sep 08, 2007 3:59 AM GMT
    I'm working to get my body back in shape after a year's illness due to a damaged liver. I used to do crunches for my abdominals, but my doctor does not want me to do any exercise that compresses the abdominal cavity too much out of concern that I may damage my liver further.
    Anyone have suggestions for abdominal exercises that don't compress the abdominal cavity too much? Are fitness balls a good option? I have a 65 cm ball that I use to strengthen my core, but my abs are still pretty soft and have no definition.
    Thanks for any help.
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    Sep 08, 2007 10:02 PM GMT
    Abdominal muscles pull your ribs toward your pelvis. In order to work them through their range of motion, you'd have to compress the abdominal cavity. The only thing I can think of for you to do is isometric exercises. That is just tensing up your abs without letting them move, like when you shoot. Seems to me your first priority should be following the doctor's orders. No six-pack till the doctor clears you for ab work.
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    Sep 14, 2007 7:17 PM GMT
    er what about planks they should be fine but would say anything that places undue stress centred on the core should be done with extreme caution and under medical advice

    Health isnt something worth trading for vanity