I think that most people have enough issues in doing exercise with proper form, and this idea of " engaging your abs " is just making it more complicated than it is.
If I do deadlifts for example, my abs are going to be engaged, as with any compound exercise. You have to flex your torso, since almost any exercise uses it. You will find this out if you hurt your back, or have abdominal surgery, Unless you are doing something like " light " dumbbell curls, you will engage the abs. If you grab a barbell and start doing biceps curls with any decent amount of weight, you will need to engage the abs, or you will fall forward at the waist. You use your torso to remain erect. With proper form, this happens naturally, so I would just focus on proper form.
It's kind of like eating. Chewing the food is a good thing, but usually occurs naturally. If we tell you to chew each bite 5 times, now we have complicated a simple thing, that you may already be doing right.. eating. If it becomes too complicated, it becomes a chore. Exercise should be fun. If I have to think.. breathe in and out at certain times of the lift, and remember to engage the abs, push my tongue to the roof of my mouth it becomes a very complicated process when all I really need to do, is move the weight, with proper form. We try to complicate something that is very simple. What these things are aiming for is proper form. You "engage the abs ", so you use proper form, keeping the back straight when deadlifting, for example. The opposite is also true. If you use proper form, the abs will need to be engaged.
"We can't solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them "
- Albert Einstein
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