anyone else try static flexing your abs?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 15, 2013 at 12:27 AM

I am a machinist and I have to stand in the same spot most of the work day. So I got the idea to start flexing my abs at work while just standingthe there, I wasjust curious to see if my abs were getting more tone over time. I still work out and run but I was wondering if it would help, and I started seeing results so I checked out some sites about it and found this http://www.flat-stomach-six-pack-abs.com/static-flexing.html

Just wondering if anyone else does this also and if its worked well for them too?

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on March 16, 2013
at 02:06 AM

My stomach got flatter after like a month of flexing my transversus muscles whenever I thou of it.

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on March 16, 2013
at 02:43 AM

i don't do this exactly, but i do think that static stabilization of the trunk is the real purpose of the abs, and the best way to make them strong and prominent. resisting and stabilizing, rather than contracting the spine (like crunches) is what it's all about.

in other words, the best ab exercises are the compound movements, and not direct ab work. engaging your abs consciously during squats, deadlifts, presses, and even pull-ups is the best work. i do consider crunches a waste of time at this point, and i'm quite happy with my abs.



on March 15, 2013
at 12:37 AM

I can't say for certain if it has helped me but it hasn't hurt. I have been doing it since my early teens as a way to correct my posture (and when I was eating SAD as a way to suck in my belly without making speech difficult). I have since learned how to do this with the whole area, front and back, from Pilates. It has really helped my core strength and back aches.


on March 15, 2013
at 10:22 AM

Yes, I'm under the impression that isometric contraction can help toning, perhaps condition generally. Generating larger amounts of force will also increase performance if the tensing is done during an exercise (e.g. contracting flute, abs etc during a weight exercise). This increases the safety of the movement while aiding performance...

What you linked sounds a bit like 'stomach vacuums'. If you're bored and wanting to do something you could try kegels too...

To have visible abs though any such things won't do much in and of themselves- seeing abs requires being at a lowish body fat level, which is difficult (but very possible) to achieve. I tense muscles, jump around a bit while/after being sedentary myself- feel better that way...

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