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Old 02-18-2013, 08:35 PM   #1  
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Default Sucking In Sucks?

So, I guess, this is a question for those maintaining or getting super duper close to their UGW. When does sucking in go away? I'm 20 pounds away from my UGW and I was in the shower today when I started thinking about how sucking in is really a pain. So, does anyone know? Does it come naturally or did you have to train yourself not to suck in anymore?
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:00 PM   #2  
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Are you exercising? At some point it should be come a natural state - core muscles pulled tighter - sucked in, versus a "I should suck it in". It becomes more of a chore to let it all hang out!
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:27 AM   #3  
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Agree with Melissa completely - core strength = better posture, which makes EVERYTHING look like it fits better and definitely makes everything feel better!
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:33 PM   #4  
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I agree you should maybe either directly work on your core more or do some compound lifts which will work it indirectly. I think it's a bit of a misconception to think of muscles as either "tensed" or "relaxed." I mean just keeping your eyes open is tensing those muscles to a degree but you don't really feel it. The point is if you strengthen your core there will be a residual tension that you don't feel but keeps everything sucked in.
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:33 AM   #5  
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It's natural for me now - it wasn't before I strengthened by core, though. I realize now that poor posture and pooch were muscle weakness and correcting that with proper posture and tucking my pelvis was really crucial!
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Old 02-23-2013, 04:54 PM   #6  
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Yeah that makes sense. I think that to a degree just correcting your posture by itself will strengthen your core somewhat. I mean even just bending over to pick something up most of the times its better to have a little oomph in your midsection. Feels stronger and makes my back feel better when I engage those muscles.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:53 PM   #7  
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I just kind of do it naturally, it feels unnatural to just let my belly go slack.
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:55 PM   #8  
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Originally Posted by EagleRiverDee View Post
I just kind of do it naturally, it feels unnatural to just let my belly go slack.
This! I do it almost all day long, even when sitting down. Not so much "sucking in" as squeezing my core.
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