Strength Basics

Getting stronger, fitter, and healthier by sticking to the basics. It's not rocket science, it's doing the simple stuff the right way. Strength-Basics updates every Monday, plus extra posts during the week.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Quick Tip: Squeeze those abs

Another quick tip for getting more weight moving - take a deep breath, fill your belly with air, and squeeze your abs.

This will help you move more weight with any suspended pulling (chinups, pullups) or any standing exercise at all, from squats and deadlifts to overhead presses and kettlebell snatches.

You might think, "but if I stay tight, I'm going to be slow." You won't, your tight "core" will allow you to most efficiently transfer force from the ground to the weight.

Give it a try - and combine it with gripping the bar hard for maximal benefits.

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