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4/8/19 3:59 P

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Yes, you can engage your core and breathe at the same time, but you won't be able to breathe as deeply - it's more like shallow breaths.

Try it while sitting - place your hands on your lower rib cage, then move your fingers down a few inches. Take one deep breath, and pay attention to how soft everything feels. Next, sit up nice and tall, then focus on pulling your belly button towards your spin, while taking small, shallow breaths. Feel around with your finger tips, and pay attention to the difference in firmness. That's what "engage your core" or "engage your abs" feels like!

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3/29/19 5:33 P

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yes to the bracing...it's more like a push out than sucking it in.

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3/28/19 10:02 P

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Yes and I think it helps to think of it as bracing yourself before someone would hit you in the abs...you're going to tighten it up if someone were to do that, so that would be very similar to what you would feel when engaging your abs.

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3/28/19 7:04 P

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Yes and yes.
You breathe with your diaphragm, not your abs.

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3/28/19 5:10 P

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When an instructor says to 'engage your abs' while doing an exercise, does that mean hold them in while trying to breath at the same time? Is that even possible?

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