Exercise for the Transversus Abdominis
(AKA the muscle that pulls in the ring of your waist)
One area of your abs you may be neglecting is the transversus abdominus - without working it, you run the risk of developing a square torso (straight up and down) rather than an hourglass one (tapered at the waist). Here’s what you can do along with your usual ab workout:
- Get on all fours, back straight, looking down.
- Exhale completely, then hold your breath.
- Pull your belly toward your spine (“suck in”) as hard as possible for 10 seconds, while continuing to hold your breath.
- Inhale. Take a few breaths, then repeat 10 times.
Later, you’ll probably feel as though you’d been laughing at something REALLY funny. That’s because you worked those same muscles. Enjoy!