Having trouble achieving flat abs, despite working them out on the reg? Founder of Fluidform Pilates, Kirsten King reveals what you could be doing wrong, and shares her best form-correcting techniques. Don’t let all your hard work go to waste!
“Can you flatten your abs? If so, how? What causes a ‘pouched’ or solid looking middle?”
These have got to be one of the most commonly asked questions by my clients and Fluidform At Home members. It’s an area of the body people can really struggle to budge; the main reason is because their body is so out of balance, they are unable to activate their abs effectively or at all.
Most commonly, I will start by looking at their lumbar mobility and the tightness of their hips. These two areas are usually the issues. Once these are fixed clients can then engage their abs for the first time.
Another area which I see in many peoples’ form is how they actually perform an abdominal exercise.
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Important things to remember while you’re working your abdominals:
- Hand placement – thumbs long down the back of your neck and fingers interlaced, holding your head and supporting the position of your neck as a long extension of your spine.
- Keep your chin slightly lifted with your line of sight towards the ceiling.
- Maintain a neutral spine by keeping a gap between the floor and your lower back. This will allow full connection of the abs.
- Stretch! Stretching is important for hip release and abdominal connection.
Kirsten King is the founder of Fluidform Pilates, which also offers remote membership, Fluidform at Home (FFAH). Fluidform has recently introduced the Flat Abs challenge for FFAH members, a four-week intense sequence that targets upper and lower abs, mixed with obliques, cardio and a total body workout.