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2/8/13 5:41 P

When you laugh, your abs engage. So watch something funny when working out and BAM you're set ;)

The cough thing works too but isn't as fun to cue with my clients. We like to work hard but we like to laugh.

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2/8/13 2:25 P

I was told to "zip up" to engage my abs... remember, though, if you strengthen your back and glutes you will be engaging your core, too!

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2/8/13 1:40 P

Thank you. I really feel the difference, that was a great explanation.


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2/8/13 1:34 P

No, it is the OPPOSITE of sucking in your abs.

I tell my clients that while sucking in is better than not doing anything, properly engaging the abs is more like wearing a slightly too big pair of pants and trying to press OUT to fill them up.

Cough. Feel the push out?
You can also feel the push out by exhaling forcefully with your tongue behind your front teeth with a "HSST" sound.

Visually, you'll see a concave stomach sucking in (obviously) but bracing (pushing out) doesn't change much visually, but you'll feel it.

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2/8/13 1:21 P

My apologies if this has been asked before.

In a lot of the videos, I hear the statement "be sure to engage your abs", but I really don't know what they are talking about. Is it just a matter of sucking in our gut?

Thanks in advance,


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