June 11, 2004, Newsletter Issue #190: Work Your Transverse Abdominus for a Flatter Stomach

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Because it gives your torso stability, making other exercises more efficient and helping prevent injury. It also holds your gut in, essentially flattening your stomach. The transverse abdominus aids in forced expiration, which means your work it every time you breathe out forcefully while completing squats, deadlifts, and other heavy exercises. A good way to work your transversus is by doing a simple movement called a "vacuum" exercise. To do this, exhale forcefully, suck in your gut (contracting it so that it`s smaller), and hold it for a couple of seconds. You may do this exercise as much as you like as there is very little chance of incurring an overtraining effect from it.

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