Abdominal Exercise Explained
I’ve already lost 8-inches from my waist through weight loss and an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery . My goal is to lose an additional 4-inches from my waist. So, I am in search of the best exercises for developing flat, tight abdominal muscles. While many solutions claim to sculpt and strengthen the abdominal muscles, some are ineffective and may even increase your risk of injury.
Thus far, I like this isometric contraction called stomach vacuuming , which work the deep transversus abdominis muscle of the abdomen. Isometric contraction enables you to keep good form with each abdominal exercise. The claims are pretty inspiring, lose 2-4-inches in three-months. I’ll let you know if it works for me.
Abdominal Muscles – What They are and How They Work
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My Results at 6-weeks Post Tummy Tuck: 5” Gone from My Waist
I am much improved in the three weeks since my last update, when I was just 3-weeks post op . Back then my swelling was such that I could not fit into my pre-op pants. As I mentioned before, my surgeon’s protocol is to not use compression garments to reduce swelling. His position is that it can impede circulation and cause skin necrosis, and that the compression neither speeds nor improves the final results.
However, I began wearing shape wear to offer some support and compression because my swelling became painful in the third to fourth week post op. I was carrying the bulk of my swelling in the central part of my lower abdomen. I especially could feel the pain when I walked. The shape wear definitely helped to relieve the pain by supporting that load.
Also I had little ener...
Do you know fitness guru Mark Sisson? Mark is the man behind the Primal Blueprint Movement – a healthy low carb lifestyle that some people describe as Paleo with a relaxed attitude . Whatever you call it, I buy into it. Last year I took readers on Mark’s 21-Day Total Body Transformation.
You will recall that I am on a mission to find the best exercises to whittle my waist. To that end, we have explored and now understand the layers of the abdominal muscles and how to use isometric contractions as the basis for all our abdominal routines. Today we look to Mark for instruction on my favorite exercise to work those transversus abdominis: Planks.
Transversus Abdominis are the deepest layer of the abdominal muscles and wrap around the torso from front to back and from the ribs to the pelvis. The muscle fibers of the transversus abdominis run horizontally, similar to a corset or a weight belt.
How to do a Proper Plank
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