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What does contract your abs mean ?
What does contract your abs mean ?
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2/13/12 4:18 AM
what does contract your abs mean ?
and tighten your abs ?
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RE: What does contract your abs mean ?
2/13/12 9:54 AM as a reply to ShaheerTarek.
Same thing. As Shawn keeps saying here and there its to protect you lower back. In the beginning it takes some focus but after a while it comes naturally. If you really focus on it you might be tight\sore the next day in your stomach area.

If you new to insanity or starting any new program the best advice is to keep your form, rest of you need to to keep your form and stretch. Anything worthwhile takes time...these days everyone wants results NOW. Not tomorrow or next week NOW.

But it takes time to develop the right skills and the skills you need here is to work out as hard as you can while being safe!

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The alternative it later on you're not thinking on it and doing in and out's or hit the floor, ski abs and your tired but so focused on the workout your forms starts going because your core is not contracted and suddenly you have that split second shot of pain as your back dips emoticon

You stop catch your breath, rest for a few seconds, stand and feel fine and getting going again.

The next morning you wake up ready for a brand new day, swing you legs out of bed and as you twist to sit up... someone drives a knife into your lower back!
Or if you lucky you just have a real tight lower back or a slight bit of pain that goes away during your hot bath or shower.

If you smart you stop your workouts and REST for a 2/3 days. If your still tight after 3 days go see you GP.

Or you could be stupid like me, ignore it and push through... end up flat on you’re back with a herniated L4-S5 disc. Loose weeks while the swelling goes down and you start all over again. Smarter this time and TIGHTEN\CONTRACT THOSE ABS!! emoticon
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RE: What does contract your abs mean ?
2/15/12 3:39 AM as a reply to N3ph.
thanks but you still didn't answer what i needed what does this mean ?
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RE: What does contract your abs mean ?
2/16/12 11:39 AM as a reply to ShaheerTarek.
Have you ever sucked in your stomach, trying to look better? That's basically it. Keep your hips under you, shoulders back and stomach in, not just hanging out like you're on the couch eating chips and having a beer. Think of your abs like an old-fashioned girdle, keeping everything in and tight.

Hope this helps!
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RE: What does contract your abs mean ?
2/16/12 12:04 PM as a reply to ShaheerTarek.
It basically means "suck in your gut". By doing this you're activating your abs and core so all the strain is not on your lower back when you're doing jumps. Also, when you're in plank doing push ups, sucking it in takes the stress off your shoulders and triceps, so you can hold the position longer. This is really important when it comes to Insanity, hence the reason Shaun T explains it alot. Oh, and don't forget to breathe of course...

Hope that answers your question. emoticon

Phil
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RE: What does contract your abs mean ?
8/11/12 11:16 AM as a reply to ShaheerTarek.
Squeeeeeze is another word for it,
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RE: What does contract your abs mean ?
8/11/12 4:44 PM as a reply to ShaheerTarek.
It doesn't mean suck in your gut! It means to flex your stomach muscles. If you still don't understand...It is basically the same thing you do when you are laughing or taking a shit! emoticon
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RE: What does contract your abs mean ?
8/11/12 4:58 PM as a reply to Jessi12791.
Jessi12791:
It doesn't mean suck in your gut! It means to flex your stomach muscles. If you still don't understand...It is basically the same thing you do when you are laughing or taking a shit! emoticon


LMAO I try to laugh a little when I forget to tighten my abs. I don't want to shit on my carpet emoticon You're right though... just about the same. Does that mean I get an ab workout every time I giggle or poop? emoticon
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RE: What does contract your abs mean ?
8/11/12 4:59 PM as a reply to Jessi12791.
Jessi12791:
It doesn't mean suck in your gut! It means to flex your stomach muscles. If you still don't understand...It is basically the same thing you do when you are laughing or taking a shit! emoticon


LMAO.. the most awesome answer ever emoticon
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RE: What does contract your abs mean ?
8/11/12 5:51 PM as a reply to Jessi12791.
That was funny Jessi!

Also there is a sticky with a video of Shawn T at the top of these forums explaining an easy way to contract your abs, by laughing or fake laughing during the workout. I've tried it a few times when I didn't think I was tightening my core as good as I could be and it works very well.
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