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Midsection ?

Post by langeranger » Sat Oct 14, 2006 9:36 pm

Can someone tell me the correct name for the procedure in which you pull your abdomen in as if you're trying to make your belly button touch your spine and hold it for several seconds. I learned this first from a chiropractor, then later saw it mentioned on a weight training message board. It has a name but I can't remember what it is. Help. Don

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Stomach vacuum

Post by langeranger » Sun Oct 15, 2006 2:17 pm

Thanks Ironman, for the terrific link. Don

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Post by Stephen Johnson » Mon Oct 16, 2006 10:28 am

I like this photo of Frank Zane's vacuum. It was his signature pose

http://www.musclenet.com/frankzane.htm

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Post by TimD » Mon Oct 16, 2006 10:52 am

Way back when, early 60's, my Dad got a hold of one of those old Charles Atlas courses for me, and the vacuum was a part of the midsection training. I have no idea if it actually helped anything, but it did look kind of cool.
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Post by PharmBoy84 » Tue Oct 17, 2006 4:20 pm

That picture is insane. Where do all his organs go? lol

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Post by Wouter » Wed Oct 18, 2006 7:07 am

If you do the stomach vacuum, are you still 'allowed' to inhale and exhale, or would that deminish the results you'd gain? Because I can't hold my breath for a minute.

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Post by Ironman » Wed Oct 18, 2006 9:32 am

You just hold it in for a few seconds, then let it out and breath for a few seconds and repeat.

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Post by Otama » Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:32 pm

If you got it from a chiro it is likely they called it abdominal hollowing and it is used as a motor reeducation exercise after injury it does not however ensure spine stability as all it recruits is the transverse rather than all three levels of abdominal wall. That first link reads like spot reduction apart from the furphys on back health.
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