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The planche does not require any contraction of the abdominal muscles, so that's extremely unlikely to be what's limiting you. The natural tendency of gravity in the planche is to pull your hips down, causing your spine to flex. This is the same movement that is performed by the abs, so it is actually the opposite muscles that must be activated in a planche ...


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Abs stabilize the core in multiple directions. Abs are plural because you have different sets of abdominal muscles which move or resist movement of the spine in these different directions. The six pack (which is what most people think of as abs) is a spinal flexor but also resist spinal extension. So, no, every site and magazine about six packs is not wrong, ...


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Control If you were to use only your spinal extensors to counteract the bending force that a deadlift, squat, or row applies to your torso, then those muscles would need to perfectly counteract the continuously changing bending moments exerted by the external load at each of the 17 joints throughout the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae. Whereas if instead all ...


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The "core" is not a particularly well defined group of muscles, but it would commonly include the following muscles. Rectus abdominis: This is the "6 pack" muscle, often just referred to as "the abs". Role: Spinal flexion (bending forwards at the lower back) Isolation exercises: Most ab exercises, including sit-ups, planks, ...


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The main purpose of the abs is not to do situps but to stabilize the spine. The spine is a bit like an antenna mast. The antenna mast have guy-wires to stabilize it against external forces such as wind: The spine also have guy-wires in the form of muscles running from the base of the spine: the pelvis to the upper part of the spine: The body can adjust the ...


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Anatomically the lower and upper abs is the same muscle, the rectus abdominis (the six pack). A connection exist between the rectus abdominis and the hip flexors. The hip flexors try to tilt the pelvis forward (anterior) whereas the rectus abdominis try to tilt the pelvis backward (posterior): From (1): "FIGURE 2. The synergistic action of one ...


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If I'm reading this correctly, you have three questions: will exercise help you lose weight? is this exercise worthwhile? will you have visible abs at your desired weight, despite not having had them when you were at that weight before? Question 1 will exercise help you lose weight? Not much. Exercise gives you muscle, improves endurance, it has lots of ...


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There are two things to be aware of. One is your rectus transverse abdominus, which the best way to think of it is as a corset around your stomach.. that's how the muscle works. The other is tilting your pelvis. Your TA muscle gets activated by clenching your corset and bracing your abs--act as if someone is about to punch you, you'd tighten and contract ...


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It sounds like you're getting mixed up between two different uses of "pelvic tilt". In the context of the article you linked, "pelvic tilt" refers to rotation (movement) of the pelvis in space, while the femurs are fixed in position. This is what is supposed occur in the movement of a Romanian deadlift - the legs remain still while the ...


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You're asking two different questions with two different answers. What exercises will increase ab strength without much injury risk to the spine? What exercises will reduce belly fat without much injury risk to the spine? To get the easy one out of the way, there is no such thing as spot fat reduction (outside of surgery). Abs are made in the kitchen, not ...


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What you're calling "squeezing your abs" is usually referred to as "bracing". Don't think of bracing as squeezing your abs inward. It's actually more of a push outward, together with your breath and your whole core musculature including your obliques, lower back and the inner core, creating a rigid and stable torso. Get your breathing ...


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