How to activate your abs

Learning how to activate the abdominals for complex compound movements such as a squat is integral to both performance and safety. But how to do it?

Strength and conditioning coach Amanda Brown of Queen of Lean breaks it down:

» Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor.

» Using your index finger, find the pointy part of your hip bone. Slide your finger down one centimetre toward your belly button, then straight down one centimetre.

» Take a deep breath in. As you exhale, draw your belly button toward the floor at the same time as lifting your pelvic floor (like holding in a wee). Make sure you are pushing your fingers down to feel the abdominal muscles.

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