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Can you build abdominal muscle even in water?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Swimming will build abdominal strength and improve abdominal tone.
Obviously not the best place to do ab exercises like crunches.

In brief: Yes

Swimming will build abdominal strength and improve abdominal tone.
Obviously not the best place to do ab exercises like crunches.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes.

Just google "michael phelps" and "abs" and you'll see that it's possible.
Building muscle takes resistance. When you swim, the water provides that resistance. If you're willing to settle for less than olympic abs (and don't have time for 6 hour workout sessions), join a local water aerobics or fitness group. Good luck!

In brief: Yes.

Just google "michael phelps" and "abs" and you'll see that it's possible.
Building muscle takes resistance. When you swim, the water provides that resistance. If you're willing to settle for less than olympic abs (and don't have time for 6 hour workout sessions), join a local water aerobics or fitness group. Good luck!
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
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