(Closed) What do they mean ‘keep abs tight’ in fitness videos?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
1576 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

It is a reminder. Eventually you learn to hold the abs in during exercising. Just do your best.

Post # 4
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Oh, I teach group fitness and say this all the time! It means you should activate the muscles in your core. Think about lightly drawing your belly button in towards your spine just enough to feel your muscle engage (not too much so that your stomach hallows in below your ribcage; that’s bad).

Post # 5
1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The easiest way to think about it is to pretend that someone is about to punch you in the stomach.  The way you pull your stomach in has your abs fully engaged.  Just try to keep them that way throughout the workout 🙂

Post # 7
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I always thought I kept mine tight during exercise. However, one day I worked out in a sports bra and I could totally see that I was NOT keeping it tight. Wearing a short shirt/sports bra makes you look at your stomach to see if you are pulling it in!

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