Date: 28 Jan 2011 11:05
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I just realized something and I want to make a note of this so that I remember to do this in my next DL session.
Stand up, take a breath into your stomach but not to swell it up: just flex the hell out of your abs. THEN bend down, take small breaths while still keeping it all tight and grip the bar and pull.
It is very easy to forget how to keep one's core tight. It's like keeping your biceps and triceps tense even with your arm only marginally bent at the elbow.
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Eric, when you say to contract the abs, what exactly does that feel like? I used to suck them in, which gave me NO support. Now I think of pushing them out against an imaginary weight lifting belt (since I don't use one, although I'm open to it) and it feels much more solid, although somewhat awkward. I don't actually allow them to move out (maybe very slightly), but that's the focus. Does that sound correct? Thanks for the info.
Hey, Travis, just to let you know, I responded to your email about the broken link.
No, you're right, you do not want to suck in your gut, although there is a school of thought which recommends this (long story but of minimal importance). Contracting the abs is more like bearing down and out, and, I hate to do it, but the best way to describe it is the same kind of contraction that you will do naturally if you are, you know, constipated. I'm going to link you to the breathing section and there you will find articles about breathing and bracing the core.
What you're doing sounds basically correct, however, and thinking about an imaginary weight belt is a great idea. No, I don't recommend it in general, but as a cue that is a good practice. As for it feeling awkward, is this during overhead pressing, as this article is about, or just in general? Because, this will feel more awkward during the overhead press than during other things that don't have you in such an extended position with your arms up. Just bear down and out to the extent that you are comfortable, and also tense up the glute muscles at the same time.
P.S. recognized who you were so I edited in your name and for some darn reason thought this was the overhead press article. Anyway, here is the breathing category, just in case you missed it in the article. Also, the bracing category, which will somewhat overlap.
Okay, thanks, Eric. I'll check out the links.
To answer your question, it feels awkward in general. I use this kind of bracing pretty much anytime I lift, whether deads, sqats, even curls, etc. It helps tremendously, though, on every lift I use it. Otherwise I feel like my lumbar spine is hyperextending (I am prone to facet syndrome).