Wondering if anyone can help me. For the last few days, every time I get to the final 20% or so of the sit ups in my final set, I will get a sort of intense spasm/cramping pain at the top of my abs, beneath my ribs, just as I complete the upward motion. The pain will force me to stop my set short in fear of it breaking out into a sustained spasm/tear; the pain stops as soon as my abs cease to be under tension, but the pain is so short and sharp that I really don't think this is just bog-standard 'ache' or 'soreness' that can be pushed through, let alone should be. I'm thus wondering if I may have strained an abdominal muscle in the area giving me grief, and if so, what I should do to go about getting it back to normal. My initial thoughts are to hold off specific abdominal exercises for a week (but to continue with press ups/pull ups - they don't seem to be causing any problems) and perhaps ice it a few times a day before slowly reintroducing the sit-ups and crunches and seeing how it feels. Advice is much appreciated.