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Transeverse Abdominis:The Real Tiny Waist Workout

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traineo Regular
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Feb 24, 2012
Posted: March 06, 2012
I've learned something great. It occurred to me a lot of our "strongest men" have a keg looking body, despite it being a big slab of muscle. And with the advances in Pilates, more and more women are developing "banana" body shapes.

It wasn't long ago when women targeted a "hour glass" figure, and men's most defining stick out features were their very broad shoulders and bulging biceps.

A lot of people with a tummy that sticks out, even after loosing the weight, seem to do lots of crunches in hopes to slim the potbelly appearance. But there's a muscle a lot of people overlook that is very easy to train. that is the Transverse Abdominis.This muscle is what holds the organs inwards, and with the increase in day to day stress, and a tendency to take more, smaller breathes this muscle gets slack. Childbearing will also loosen this muscle.

The exercise I've done is simple; take a deep breath, and quickly release it as you pull your belly button quickly towards your spine, as far as it will go, and hold it. You should feel some tension around your diaphragm if you've pulled it in far enough

Do this a few times every time you remember, as many times as you like. Hold it for as long as you can before relaxing and restarting.

I've been doing it for a month and have lost 4 inches around my waist despite not loosing any weight during the time of acquiring these results.
traineo Guru
Posts: 2937
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Dec 27, 2010
Posted: March 06, 2012
I do quite like the term keg over tub of lard.

I'm lost as to the rest of this post.
traineo Regular
Posts: 67
Member since
Feb 24, 2012
Posted: March 06, 2012
I'm just pointing out that to draw your tummy inward so it's not hanging free, even after you've lost weight, you need to exercise the transverse abdominis. You can do this by sticking in your gut and holding it.
traineo Guru
Posts: 3012
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Aug 12, 2010
Posted: March 07, 2012
I'm a fan of twisting moves. Just move your upper body from left to right and from right to left. A few hundred times a day - sounds like a lot, but it'll only take about ten minutes.
It works, not in a day or a week, but it works.

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