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Stomach Vacuums
I've always hated doing crunches, and as a larger guy, I've never been too good at plank or strong enough to do advanced ab movements such as toes to bar. Over the years, my lifting has suffered because of poor abdominal strength, but I've found something that finally helps: stomach vacuums.

I've only seen them briefly mentioned here a few times: here, and here on RVF, and here on the BB.com forum.

I've been doing these every morning for about a month now and have the following results:
  • Better posture: standing taller and more dominant
  • Smaller gut: three people have asked if I've lost weight in the past week. I asked the person today why they thought that and they said "your stomach is flatter."
  • Chest looks bigger because of smaller stomach
  • Stronger core strength, of course. My lifts have definitely felt cleaner, smoother, and more in control.

Here's Elliott Hulse's great video about the exercise:





Here's an article that provides some additional info on the exercise.

Some people like doing it before lifts but I like doing it them first thing in the morning. My stomach is empty, my body is light, and I can easily dispel air out of my body.

I strongly recommend that everybody incorporates these in your routine. I've heard of this exercise but never seen it featured in routines, so I always skipped over it. Don't sleep on this exercise; it can easily be added to any routine. I hope that some of y'all try this and report if you have the same results. Summer's coming up and we all want to be able to look good on the beach.

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04-16-2014 08:21 PM
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Stomach Vacuums - redbeard - 04-16-2014 08:21 PM
RE: Stomach Vacuums - CaptainChardonnay - 04-16-2014, 09:47 PM
RE: Stomach Vacuums - Doctor - 04-16-2014, 09:53 PM
RE: Stomach Vacuums - DVY - 04-17-2014, 01:18 AM
RE: Stomach Vacuums - The Beast1 - 04-17-2014, 12:51 PM
RE: Stomach Vacuums - Checkmat - 04-17-2014, 03:41 PM
RE: Stomach Vacuums - Harvey Specter - 04-17-2014, 05:23 PM
RE: Stomach Vacuums - CaptainChardonnay - 04-18-2014, 01:10 PM
RE: Stomach Vacuums - Checkmat - 04-17-2014, 02:13 PM
RE: Stomach Vacuums - redbeard - 04-17-2014, 02:23 PM
RE: Stomach Vacuums - birdie num num - 04-17-2014, 02:56 PM
RE: Stomach Vacuums - RexImperator - 04-17-2014, 04:04 PM
RE: Stomach Vacuums - MMM - 04-18-2014, 05:00 AM
RE: Stomach Vacuums - velkrum - 04-19-2014, 11:18 PM
RE: Stomach Vacuums - MMM - 01-29-2015, 04:48 PM
RE: Stomach Vacuums - rdvirus - 01-30-2015, 11:12 PM

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