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Calling all gym instructors: fat bellies work differently to thin ones!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Since injuring my foot, I have been revisiting some old exercise DVDs, one of which is a power yoga DVD that I've been using for years and years.
This instructor frequently says 'hollow your belly' and it has always been a bit of a mystery to me. How do you do that?
For the most part I would just tighten my belly and hope for the best, but this week as I was tightening my belly, I noticed something: As I tightened my belly, and my belly moved itself closer to my spine, it curved in on itself and suddenly I understood! This is what he means by hollowing your belly!!
Sometimes I don't think gym instructors quite grasp how different a fat belly is from a skinny belly. There is no way I could ever have created that hollow belly with a 90cm/ 35 inch waist. It was a balloon in front of me that would never have curved in on itself! Never! Now that I live with a 70cm/27 inch waist I'm only beginning to understand some of the concepts involved with using stomach muscles.
My frustration is that this 'hollow belly' has been such a mystery to me for so long. Is there any way gym instructors could describe using our stomach muscles in such a way that it makes sense to larger body?
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    Denise Austin says. Try to make your belly button touch your spine
    1911 days ago
    You are absolutely right! There are of course some fatbellied gym instructors out there, and they probably know how to say "hollow your bellies" in better words.
    Too bad there's more of them in real life gym then on DVD!
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    1911 days ago
    Good point. Thanks for sharing and I agree with you.
    1911 days ago
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