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Myth Buster: Why Core Strength Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

November 8, 2017

Low back pain is endemic in our culture and a good part of the problem stems from holding in the belly. You heard it here first! Holding in the belly does not improve your posture or save your back. Watch the following video to find out why a tight belly is not the answer and what will help alleviate low back discomfort. You will find out the difference between muscle tension and muscle tone and how the muscles of the back and torso are meant to function.

If you don’t have time to watch the whole video right now I encourage you to fast forward to 8:11:67 to see just how weak your back really is when you hold in your belly.

I was the guinea pig in this experiment and even though I knew what was coming I was shocked at how weak tight muscles are. To improve the function between the flexor muscles and extensor muscles, go to my store and order the audio lesson Sync Back to Belly to coordinate your flexor and extensor muscles. 

And remember to gently push out your belly from time to time to remind yourself not to hold in your belly.




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