Who doesn’t want a flat tummy? Who doesn’t want to get back into their skinny jeans?

First, we need to understand about we are talking about when we say “abs”.

There are four abdominals layers: Rectus Abdominis, External Oblique, Internal Oblique and Transversus Abdominis.

The best way to flatten your abs is to start focus on the Transversus Abdominis, which is the deepest one and the natural abdominal belt. This is the one that will give us a flat shape.

Where is it located? This muscle is between the bottom of the ribs, pelvis and pubis.

 Because of its attachment to the diaphragm, we can stimulate the Transversus Abdominis using our breathing through an exaggerated exhalation. In addition, we can strengthen the Transversus Abdominis by “squeezing it as a lemon”, “tighten it as a rock”, or “narrow it”.  The more we activate it, the more the Internal Oblique, the next deep abdominal muscles, are stimulated to join too.

Exercises #1: Lie on your back in “Supine” position with legs straight adducted together reaching out, arms resting by side.  Place a beach towel behind the lower back for keeping the lower back in neutral, elongate the spine and stretch out the legs. Inhale, take a deep breath. Exhale, tight the abs in. Repeat 20 times

Mara Core Conditioning, conveniently located at 1108 Beacon Street in Newton, specializes in helping moms get their core area back in shape. Check out their website at www.maracoreconditioning.com. To schedule your FREE consultation, please call Mara at 617-852-6785 or info@maracoreconditioning.com

Submitted by Nanette Fridman, FridmanStrategies@gmail.com