Forgotten Abs Exercises: The Vacuum

Why the obsession with crunches, crunches and more crunches? I hear about crunches everywhere! Yet, there are excellent abs exercises that will do better for our stomach section, exercises that are often forgotten and that are essential to provide a foundation to our core.

One of these abs exercises is ‘The Vacuum’ a stomach exercise that has decades of use and is still practiced by professional trainers and bodybuilders. You may have tried it already when trying to “tuck your stomach in”, but repetition is the key total mastery. Here’s how to do it:

vacuum.jpgThe Vacuum

  1. Inhale until your lungs are full.

  2. While slowly exhaling, try bring your belly button towards your spine.

  3. Once you feel your sides tighten, hold the position for 10 seconds.

  4. Exhale. This is one repetition.

Pretty easy to do right? Yeah…right. Try to do this exercise the best you can and don’t forget to practice it each day. This is an exercise that works your inner muscles in your abs, called the transverse abdominus muscles. These muscles are essential but they are not worked when doing crunches-like exercises.

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