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Always keep your abs tight, right? WRONG!

April 18th, 2011 No Comments

— Jeff Halevy, MTM Trainer

If you’re always keeping your core engaged, you’re not allowing your body to function efficiently. Constricting your abdominal muscles prohibits your diaphragm from fully expanding and oxygen from getting to the Alevoli (oxygen absorbing membranes) that are located in the deepest part of your lungs.

Don’t focus too much on you abs because they’ll engage naturally to help you keep your balance. You really only need to pull them in tight when you’re pushing heavy weight (squats, dead lifts, shoulder press, etc).

Yoga is one of the best breathing exercises for you because you are encouraged to fill and empty your lungs completely.

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