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Old 09-24-2011, 06:20 AM
 
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So recently I've been trying to lose weight by watching Shaun T's Hip Hob Abs DVD. I perform the exercises and during the session a few times he mentions to "tighten your abs" or "keep your abs tight". Does anyone know what he means by this? Does he mean to push in your stomach a little? That's what I decided to do but I'm not sure if that's what he means or if I'm doing it right. Anyone here know what he means by this?
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:25 AM
 
Location: In a house
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To put it as politely as possible given the PG-rated forum...

You know when you have to take a dump..and you're there, taking your dump..and you push. And you tighten your stomach muscles during the pushing.

That's tightening your muscles. You can do that even when you don't have to take a dump. It's also kown as "sucking in your gut." That's what you do, when you're putting on last year's pair of pants and they ALMOST fit so you have to tighten your stomach muscles to get the thing buttoned.
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Wrong. Taking a dump pushing is not the same as tightening your abs.
In fact, taking a dump moves involve increasing intraabdominal pressure and should be avoided at all costs during exercise. It's poor form...and some studies show it may even increase intraocular pressure, incidence of hemorrhoids, incidence of hernias, etc.

Tightening your abs/core is exactly that. Also, make sure that you use your abs/core to move your body parts instead of using just that part alone. To understand what that means, get on the floor and do crunchy frogs (look it up). After a few, you will realize that it's a better, stronger movement if you use your core to bring your legs in. That is what he means. You can fling your body parts around or you can use your core for precise movements.
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:31 AM
 
Location: US
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Try a crunch while laying down. Then try to do it while standing. It should feel like its working the same area. If you are soft you may need to do some crunches on the side to easily be able to do the clench. Its also easier if you do two sets of 10 crunches first. I have no idea why. But it just seems to work for me and I can feel the hold more.
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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I prefer the old fashioned way of doing crunches after I get back from my run, which I'm about to do as soon as I cool off a little more.

I'll leave the other thing for my morning ritual..
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Old 09-25-2011, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Try a crunch while laying down. Then try to do it while standing. It should feel like its working the same area. If you are soft you may need to do some crunches on the side to easily be able to do the clench. Its also easier if you do two sets of 10 crunches first. I have no idea why. But it just seems to work for me and I can feel the hold more.
LOL! I was going to tell him to try the same thing!
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