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    Basically was doing lat pulldowns on a weights machine and it pulledon one of my abs somehow now it's really sore, don' know what I did wrong?

    I use a v-grip like this and have done for months without problem:



    not me btw in pic
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    Maybe it's a hernia, although I doubt it. Probably just muscle strain.

    Have you recently moved up the weight? Do you contract you abdominal muscles while you do the exercise?, did you warm up?
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    (Original post by U.S Lecce)
    Maybe it's a hernia, although I doubt it. Probably just muscle strain.

    Have you recently moved up the weight? Do you contract you abdominal muscles while you do the exercise?, did you warm up?
    Never warm up, stretch or do any cardio, I'm a very slim guy
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    Never warm up, stretch or do any cardio, I'm a very slim guy
    There's your problem! You don't need to do loads of cardio, but you need to warm up and stretch or else things like this will happen! An ab strain (if that's what it is) can quickly turn into a hernia. I'd rest off for a while, until you feel better. If the pain doesn't reduce in the next few day go see your gp to make sure it's nothing serious. And from now on warm up. Also don't do a weight that is too heavy, it's good to push yourself, it's bad to strain yourself.
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    (Original post by U.S Lecce)
    There's your problem! You don't need to do loads of cardio, but you need to warm up and stretch or else things like this will happen! An ab strain (if that's what it is) can quickly turn into a hernia. I'd rest off for a while, until you feel better. If the pain doesn't reduce in the next few day go see your gp to make sure it's nothing serious. And from now on warm up. Also don't do a weight that is too heavy, it's good to push yourself, it's bad to strain yourself.
    cheers for the advice, will do
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    (Original post by gonzalez7)
    cheers for the advice, will do
    It places a strain on your abs as they have to stabalise your body still. My abs used to ache while doing that with the close grip bar for heavy weights, nothing to worry about unless its a pull
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    (Original post by U.S Lecce)
    There's your problem! You don't need to do loads of cardio, but you need to warm up and stretch or else things like this will happen! An ab strain (if that's what it is) can quickly turn into a hernia. I'd rest off for a while, until you feel better. If the pain doesn't reduce in the next few day go see your gp to make sure it's nothing serious. And from now on warm up. Also don't do a weight that is too heavy, it's good to push yourself, it's bad to strain yourself.
    shouldn't stretch before exercise, stretch after
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    (Original post by a_t)
    shouldn't stretch before exercise, stretch after
    Why?

    I've always warmed up then stretched before exercising, and most people i know do it this way.
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    (Original post by U.S Lecce)
    Why?
    Static stretching prior to lifting decreases strength.

    Static stretching before exercise does not decrease the risk of injury.

    Static stretching after exercise increases flexibility to a greater degree than static stretching before.

    Dynamic stretching is ok before workout, but most people don't know what that is

    Have a read

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/02/sp...112pewarm.html
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    (Original post by a_t)
    Static stretching prior to lifting decreases strength.

    Static stretching before exercise does not decrease the risk of injury.

    Static stretching after exercise increases flexibility to a greater degree than static stretching before.

    Dynamic stretching is ok before workout, but most people don't know what that is

    Have a read

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/02/sp...112pewarm.html
    Interesting read. I've always done a small warm up and then a stretched before exercise, especially before wieghts, simply because that's what I've always been told to do. Luckily when I started american football I started doing dynamic stretching.
    I would still suggest a warm up though before weight lifting just to get some good blood flow to the muscles.
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    (Original post by U.S Lecce)
    Interesting read. I've always done a small warm up and then a stretched before exercise, especially before wieghts, simply because that's what I've always been told to do. Luckily when I started american football I started doing dynamic stretching.
    I would still suggest a warm up though before weight lifting just to get some good blood flow to the muscles.
    I just do a low warm up set, and sometimes 5-10 mins on an ergo, we do dynamic stretching before boxing
 
 
 
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