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July 31, 2011 2:39 PM
I am trying...
How do you keep your core tight? Silly question....but I do dvd's and the most recent one is Insanity. Now ShaunT keep telling me to keep my core tight
not sure if I am,
certainly can't 'see' it---all is see is my belly jiggle,lol---but I work hard and end up invigorated and sweating!
Can you give me some tips on keeping the core tight?
July 31, 2011 2:44 PM
Try to imagine keeping your belly botton pulled in toward your spine- similar to "sucking in" to look skinnier! LOL! :)
July 31, 2011 2:45 PM
When he tells you to "engage your core" or to "keep it tight" basically means to flex your abs or semi-flexed throughout the routines. Even during the stretches and breathing, as you exhale, you can put your hand over your abs to see if they're taut.
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July 31, 2011 2:49 PM
I struggle with all this too, but for me the best I can tell is it feels like I'm sucking in and pushing out at the same time. I think thats when I have my abs engaged. My dvd tells me to pull my belly button to the floor when I'm on my back, but I'm like whats that doing, but just sucking in so it doesn't feel right. I just think if I try to suck in and push out at the same time, thats when my abs are most tight.
July 31, 2011 2:50 PM
It was actually very hard for me until I got down to a certain weight. I would contract my core, but I wouldn't feel like it was staying tight. Trust yourself that it is, though. It takes some practice to train those muscles, but you'll get there :)
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July 31, 2011 2:52 PM
This was true for me too, even being a healthy weight, the more I worked my abs the more I could feel them when they were tightened.
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It was actually very hard for me until I got down to a certain weight. I would contract my core, but I wouldn't feel like it was staying tight. Trust yourself that it is, though. It takes some practice to train those muscles, but you'll get there :)
July 31, 2011 2:53 PM
I brace myself as if someone's about to sucker-punch me in the gut.
July 31, 2011 2:58 PM
Great description!
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I brace myself as if someone's about to sucker-punch me in the gut.
July 31, 2011 4:11 PM
I was always confused by this too. I don't know how to keep it taught while focusing on the exercises.

I find it hard to coordinate all of that.
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July 31, 2011 4:29 PM
Me too, even while Zumba'ing, lol I'm too focused on trying to hit all the moves. I always find myself not doing it, and having to remind myself.
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I was always confused by this too. I don't know how to keep it taught while focusing on the exercises.

I find it hard to coordinate all of that.
July 31, 2011 4:37 PM
This came up for me when I was doing Billy Blanks Insane Abs yesterday. I guessed it was sucking in my stomach, but I still have too much jelly for it to work. smile

LorinaLynn, your abs are amazing.
July 31, 2011 5:06 PM
Imagine sucking your stomach in to try to put on blue jeans that are to tight!! lol
June 3, 2013 12:11 AM
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Great description!
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I brace myself as if someone's about to sucker-punch me in the gut.



Second!
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