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    Correct tension of pelvic floor and abdomen during heavy lifts

    Hello there,

    When manipulating weight on the heavy part of a lift, such as rising in a squat, or pressing upward on a bench press, or pulling on a cable rack, what is the correct tension of the abdomen and the rectal area (manipulated during a kegel exercise).

    Should the core and the PF be relaxed, or should the rectal area be clenched and the abdomen be tightened when lifting as the lifter breathes out? Or abdomen tense but PF relaxed, and so on and so forth.

    Thank you,
    Last edited by Vayu; 12-18-2015 at 10:25 PM.

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    You are waaayyyyy overthinking it. Your body will automatically tense the right areas if you allow it. There are certainly things you can consciously do, but they will vary by movement.

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    Alanah_Rae
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    Nice Chris...!!

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