Vacuuming Your Stomach Is the Easiest Way to Get Flat Abs – It’s the New Crunch

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Stomach vacuuming is a breathing exercise that activates and strengthens the transverse abdominis — your deepest abdominal muscle — by simply contracting it. Do it right, and you’ll cinch your midsection while you stabilize your spine, which can reduce lower back pain and improve your posture.

Known as the “abdominal drawing-in maneuver” in clinical settings, stomach vacuuming isn’t necessarily novel: Because it focuses on breathing mechanics, it’s a pillar of yoga and Pilates. To take this technique outside your fitness class (and get your core to the next level), start with the most basic move: The Supine Stomach Vacuum.


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