Apr 06, 2008 5:22 PM GMT
Use this forum to pose any questions about the Vacuum core exercise from the article Clean Up Your Abs with the Vacuum" from trainer Michael Behnken, MS, NASM-CPT-PES, CSCS.
I don't think it is claiming to spot reduce fat. Rather, tightening the muscles in the area. The same is said in Schwartzenager's bodybuilding book I believe.
But that would not reduce by "inches" unless you have the worlds flabbiest muscles EVER!
iguanaSF saidPopular question.
My non-authoritative answer is that, yes, you can breath.
There's different ways to get air into your lungs. One is to breath like a singer or a wind instrument player (former trumpeter here), using your diaphragm and your belly. The other is to expand the rib cage. The former allows deeper breaths -- your mind is focused on your belly, the latter, more shallow -- with the mind focused up around your breastbone.
iguanaSF saidAlways pay attention to rowers.
Always pay extra special attention to bow seat rowers.
nikeathlete saidK has it down pat.
I was educated by a Pilates Instructor who cued the class to breathe East/West (meaning expand the rib cage) rather than breathing North/South (i.e. up and down). Once you have engaged the TA (Transverse Abdominis) the proper breathing is by expanding the rib cage. It is hard to put into text but I hope this helps everyone.
And FYI....the second video is classified incorrectly. You are in a prone position not supine. That should be corrected by the trainer.
Sedative14 saidread about this on another site. Is it a replacement for abs exercises like situps or is it a supplement?
iguanaSF said[quote][cite]Sedative14 said[/cite]read about this on another site. Is it a replacement for abs exercises like situps or is it a supplement?