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?