Ab Exercises Causing Stomach Problems

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    Jan 11, 2009 12:05 AM GMT
    Hey!
    Does anyone else get stomach cramps and err, well stomach "upsets" after intensive ab sessions? Is it normal, and is there anyway around it?
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    William
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    Jan 11, 2009 1:36 AM GMT
    What's your abs workout like and how often are you doing it?
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    Jan 11, 2009 3:07 AM GMT
    I just need to clarify: do you mean something feels wrong in your GI tract or that your abs cramp up? I think you mean the former, but I have the latter problem so I thought I'd make certain. Thanks.
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    Jan 11, 2009 3:11 PM GMT
    Hi! I have the most problems when I take an ab group class at the gym - it's 40 mins, mostly of crunches but with a few other stretches in their, hitting all the ab groups. I do the class twice a week and do a few exercises the other days of the week (mostly roman chair). The class causes me the most problems, but I also suffer from lighter exercise.

    I get grumbling and pain from my actual stomach, not my ab muscles themselves.
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    Jan 13, 2009 5:22 AM GMT
    Sounds like your digestive system is telling you to eat. "Stomach growling" is very common if you don't eat enough.

    Perhaps you should consume more food prior to doing your exercise routine.
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    Jan 13, 2009 5:26 AM GMT
    Ab visibility is mostly a function of body fat levels, just FYI.

    That's why you can see a 280 pound bodybuilder with perfect lines, and perfect abs.

    If you fuel the furnace, the flame will burn brightly.

    Give eating more a try, and check back.

    I get my contest abs in about 9 sets of abs, 3 times a week, and they are trophy-winning.

    You may wish to re-think your method.

    This picture is 8 weeks out from The Lonestar Classic, and eating about 3500 calories a day.

    9730_25032.jpg

    You don't have to starve to have abs. In the picture, I'm 190# at 5'5".
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    Jan 13, 2009 4:48 PM GMT
    Food could be the culprit as Chucky said, but I have an opposite suggestion. I know that if I do some intensive plyometrics I can't have had solid food within an hour of starting. Otherwise I cramp up. I have a protein shake with blended fruit and don't experience any problems.

    So, when are you eating relative to the class?
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    Jan 13, 2009 4:50 PM GMT
    The poster doesn't mention cramping, but, rather grumbling. Sounds like hunger pains.

    Quoting, he says, "I get grumbling and pain from my actual stomach, not my ab muscles themselves."
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    Jan 13, 2009 5:07 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidThe poster doesn't mention cramping, but, rather grumbling. Sounds like hunger pains.

    Quoting, he says, "I get grumbling and pain from my actual stomach, not my ab muscles themselves."


    sure he does.

    4outof6 saidHey!
    Does anyone else get stomach cramps and err, well stomach "upsets" after intensive ab sessions? Is it normal, and is there anyway around it?
    Thanks
    William
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    Jan 13, 2009 5:13 PM GMT
    OK. You're right.

    All that being said, and given his latter rather than former remarks, and given his body weight, and given the length of his sessions, and given that it's not described as the sharp pain of a cramp, but, rather, as grumbling, and I'd say the little guy (5'10", 143#, according to his profile) just needs to eat some more.

    Sometimes, the most obvious solution is the right one. In fact, it most often is.

    Even if he has cramps, that's usually a symptom of not eating the right foods (electrolytes), and almost always indicative of low sodium (not potassium). In either event, cramps, or hunger pains, nutrition is almost certainly the right answer. Low calcium can also cause cramps, but, it's almost always an issue of low sodium in hard training athletes (hence, salt pills, and sodium in Gatorade, etc.)

    It gets down to proper nutrition, in either event.

    I've taken time to research this for the poster, and here's a link with some good information, that he should be able to read on his own, all getting back to proper nutrition.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscle_cramp

    Quoting, he says, "I get grumbling and pain from my actual stomach, not my ab muscles themselves." (Note that he edited the original posting.)

    Ab cramps will bend you over in great pain. If you get them, you'll know. This sounds like he's just not eating properly, and given all his descriptions, and his profile, I'd say it's a qualified guess.

    I've had hunger pains, too, and it sounds exactly like hunger pains to me, and with someone so thin, I think it's very much more probable.

    I'd ask that the poster consider the advice is offered objectively, and from 33 years of experience in the weight room, and that the poster accept, or reject, the advice in a mature manner.
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    Jan 13, 2009 5:21 PM GMT
    yup, I agree with you Chuckster, it very well could be he is not eating enough. I was just throwing out a contrary bit of advice based on personal experience so the OP has a wider range of information to diagnose his problem.
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    Jan 13, 2009 5:37 PM GMT
    That's so very kind of you :-)
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    Jan 15, 2009 3:27 AM GMT
    Sorry for the late reply, I wasn't expecting so much helpful advice to flow in so quickly!
    Wow, I never cease to be amazed by the quality information people provide on this website and I thank you all.

    Chuckystud, you hit it on the head I think - I often dash to gym class after work with only a small snack to tide me over, I'll have to try and reschedule my eating. And the day when I wrote this post, I was hungry before I started the class.

    And yes, I am aware of the necessity to reduce body fat, I'm slowly getting there, but it helps to have something nice underneath to uncover too!
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    Jan 18, 2009 10:29 PM GMT
    :-) Growling stomach mean Pumpkin need to eat. LOL. Confusius say need to eat before stomach growl.