One of the biggest mistakes I see my clients make is they hold their breath while doing core exercises. Proper breathing technique can make a world of a difference when it comes to muscle fiber recruitment.
Whether it's a crunch or a leg lift, you want to exhale through pursed lips at the top of the exercise. When performing a crunch, this happens when your shoulder blades are off the ground and the abs are fully engaged. In a leg lift, this would be when the legs are directly above the hips.
Not only do you get better recruitment from your ab muscles, but by forcefully exhaling you also work your intercostal muscles that run in between your ribs. These muscles mainly aid the lungs in breathing but also provide stability to the upper torso.
- Pull in your belly button as you exhale.
- Keep your abs engaged at all times!
- When doing a crunch, drive your lower back into the ground.
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