The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
Latest Article

The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
More Recent Articles
Contrast Training for Size
By: Lee Boyce
An Interview with Marianne Kane of Girls Gone Strong
By: Jordan Syatt
What Supplements Should I be Taking? By: Jay Wainwright
Bench Like a Girl By: Julia Ladewski
Some Thoughts on Building a Big Pull By: Christopher Mason

Facebook Join Facebook Group       Twitter Follow on Twitter       rss Subscribe via RSS
Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    England
    Posts
    287

    enaging your core whilst lifting

    I dont know if this is a dumb question or not but hey am going to ask it anyway. I am just starting to lift again after being out the last few months with back problems so I am now trying to ensure my form is perfect on every lift.
    When doing compound exercises, such as squats, when you have to engage your core do you tighten and flex your abs or do you try and tighten your inner core muscles (like you are taught in pilates)? As doing one seems to not do the other, if that makes sense.
    Like i say this may seem a dumb question but I just want to avoid any further injuries to my back. I appreciate any responses.
    “The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else."

  2.    Support Wannabebig and use AtLarge Nutrition Supplements!


  3. #2
    Risk10k Clifford Gillmore's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Perth, Western Australia
    Posts
    5,760
    Take a deep breath into your stomach, so that your shoulders DO NOT RISE, and flex your abs/obliques out as hard as you possibly can - this should be uncomfortable. Do not suck your stomach in and flex, this doesn't give you a substantial base to squat/deadlift from.

  4. #3
    Squat Heavy, Squat Often Cards's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    2,938
    Quote Originally Posted by Risk10k View Post
    Take a deep breath into your stomach, so that your shoulders DO NOT RISE, and flex your abs/obliques out as hard as you possibly can - this should be uncomfortable. Do not suck your stomach in and flex, this doesn't give you a substantial base to squat/deadlift from.
    this is exactly what i do. if your training partner tells you that you look like you're about to explode, you know you're doing it right.
    H: 5'7" W:185
    Goals: 495 -315 -585

    “Persistence Persistence.” - Calvin Coolidge.
    "I'm so pissed at how dumb this thread is that I think I'll go kick my cat. Again"-Belial
    "I mean, it's kind of like neutering your cat, hoping that'll stop your dog from humping your leg." - Belial
    Journal

  5. #4
    Senior Member Jorge Sanchez's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    6,608
    Yup, just push your gut out hard.
    quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur

  6. #5
    Moderator Off Road's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    U.S.A.
    Posts
    13,887
    That's what I do too.
    _________
    ______
    ___

    Off Road Journal

    http://www.wannabebig.com/logo/alnlogo_white.gif

    AtLarge Nutrition Supplements – Get the best supplements and help support Wannabebig!

  7. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    England
    Posts
    287
    ok, that is what i have been doing, but just i've started doing pilates to help my back and when they say to engage your core you have to do it differently so wasnt sure if thats how you were suppose to do it when lifting, but thanks for clearing that up for me.
    Last edited by geordie1986; 08-06-2009 at 09:02 AM.
    “The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else."

  8. #7
    Strength & Protection Kiaran's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Littleton, CO
    Posts
    3,963
    You engage your core in the same manner you would if I were to slap you in the side of your stomach. Your initial response would be to tighten everything up. It's natural. The difference with lifting is that you also add pressure to your system to increase the stabilization. You do this by taking in a deep breath and holding it. The deeper the breath, the higher the pressure. You can also add a belt to further increase the pressure and stabilization in your abdomen. None of this will "save your back." Strong muscles, good form and chance will save your back.
    32 yo - 5'6" - 170 lbs
    USAPL Meet PRs (Raw @154 lbs): 347 SQ, 242 BP, 507 DL, 1096 TOTAL
    Gym PRs: 370 SQ, 270 BP, 510 DL

    The Riddle Of Iron - Kiaran's Garage Training Log

Similar Threads

  1. Children and Weight Lifting
    By MCD in forum Bodybuilding & Weight Training
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 07-10-2007, 01:15 PM
  2. Lifting Weights for Children
    By pakse in forum Bodybuilding & Weight Training
    Replies: 35
    Last Post: 04-03-2007, 11:54 PM
  3. Newbie to the forums but not lifting. Need advice.
    By PumpYouUp in forum Bodybuilding & Weight Training
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 02-14-2007, 11:28 AM
  4. Advice for newbie lifting requested
    By pakse in forum Bodybuilding & Weight Training
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 06-18-2006, 04:36 PM
  5. Proofread my article on weightlifting?
    By Jane in forum General Chat
    Replies: 46
    Last Post: 12-22-2001, 12:50 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •