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Soreness soon after I start regular and reverse sit ups

Postby Caters » Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:40 pm

When I started doing abdominal exercises I wasn't sore until the end of my abdominal exercises. I then had muscle soreness the day afterwards.

Now I have muscle soreness soon after I start the exercises but usually no soreness the next day.

Why do my abdominal muscles become sore sooner rather than later?

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Re: Soreness soon after I start regular and reverse sit ups

Postby Boss Man » Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:47 pm

Unu8sual that you used to get DOMS and now you don't get DOMS, but you do get soreness doing the exercises.

It's possible you might have damaged one or more of your abs in some way. When you do the abs work, do you experience anything that feels like someone stabbing you with a sharp implement, cutting you with a sharp implement, or a pain that translocates through the abs?

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Re: Soreness soon after I start regular and reverse sit ups

Postby Caters » Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:49 pm

I feel a dull pain throughout my abs and occasionally in the obliques as well. It doesn't feel like I have pulled one of my abdominal muscles but after a while of not doing it that same soreness is back. Now I realize that I get abdominal pain for several reasons like gas, ovulation, and menstrual cramps, but this dull pain does not feel as deep as it would if it were some other reason. Also if I pulled one of my abdominal muscles I bet I would notice a change in position of my internal organs by an increase or decrease in pressure.

And even if I did pull one of my abdominal muscles it is not like I can use my abdominals as little as possible. All movement of my legs involves the abdominals, breathing involves the abdominals, digestion, circulation, and uterine contractions all involve the abdominals so even if I don't exercise I still use my abdominal muscles a lot.

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Re: Soreness soon after I start regular and reverse sit ups

Postby Caters » Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:33 pm

Okay I just recently did my abdominal exercises and around the 7th rep of the first set of 10 in my regular sit ups it started to hurt. I do 3 sets of 10 for each abdominal exercise to strengthen my abdominals so that I get less pain from gas, ovulation, and menstruation. Around the 3rd or 4th rep it started feeling sore. It kept getting stronger and stronger as I did my abdominal exercises. When I started the reverse sit ups it started hurting around the obliques as well.

When I started strengthening my abdominals I did 1 set of 10 for 2 weeks and then 2 sets of 10 for another 2 weeks. After that I have kept my regular sit ups at 3 sets of 10. About a month after I increased to 3 sets of 10 I started doing reverse sit ups as well.

I then took a break for another 2 months since my muscles were getting increasingly sore during exercise.

Now those same muscles still have the same degree of soreness even after a long break.

If after 2 months I still feel just as sore then will my abdominal muscles ever heal completely or will I just have scar tissue that easily ruptures? I know that if my muscles will ever heal completely that either a break for longer than 2 months or a break for a few weeks and then gradually reintroducing the abdominal exercises is needed for my muscles.

I think that this may be because of me introducing the reverse sit ups at too fast of a pace starting at 2 sets of 10 and then after several days(When I had DOMS a second time) increasing it to 3 sets of 10 since the pain was never that strong before unless it was DOMS.

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Re: Soreness soon after I start regular and reverse sit ups

Postby Boss Man » Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:01 pm

I think one possibility is a core imbalance.

If you don't do much for the lower back I:E: the quadratus lumborum and the lower part of the multifidus and erector spinae muscles, you may have strengthened the abs, but not the lower back, so this might possibly be a reason for your issue.

Do you train other areas of your body or just the abs?

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Re: Soreness soon after I start regular and reverse sit ups

Postby Caters » Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:55 pm

I do train other parts of my body like my chest and my legs and not just my abs although I train my abs the most(Mainly to get rid of my abdominal fat since I notice that strength training burns fat mainly in the area that is being strengthened and that if I combine that with any kind of cardio that the fat burning is accelerated).

My momma suggested that since my abdominal muscles have just now healed from the injury and they are the fastest to atrophy that I start back at at most 2 sets of 10 for each abdominal exersize to gradually strengthen my abdominals back up. That way I won't have as much pain after the injury.

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Re: Soreness soon after I start regular and reverse sit ups

Postby Boss Man » Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:22 pm

That would be a way to go, but I'd also suggest you try things like deadlifts or good mornings, to address any muscle weaknesses you may have in the lower back relative to the abs.

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Re: Soreness soon after I start regular and reverse sit ups

Postby Caters » Sun Mar 15, 2015 5:46 pm

It also might be good to do abdominal stretches before and after my abdominal exercises. If you move your muscles in just 1 way it is much easier for them to get injured than it is if you do it both ways. So I think that maybe for each muscle group I should do Stretch, Compression, Stretch. It will make me not only lose fat and gain muscle mass but also gain muscle flexibility and up to a point, the more flexible your muscles are, the less likely you are to get muscle injuries.

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Re: Soreness soon after I start regular and reverse sit ups

Postby Boss Man » Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:45 pm

Another thing worth trying :).

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Re: Soreness soon after I start regular and reverse sit ups

Postby Caters » Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:54 am

I noticed the abdominal stretch helping with my injury related muscle soreness a few days ago when I introduced another abdominal exercise.

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Re: Soreness soon after I start regular and reverse sit ups

Postby Boss Man » Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:28 pm

Good to know :).


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