View Full Version : Wringing Air from my Lungs
12-08-2006, 12:05 PM
I've been noticing that when I do the Torso Twist move, it wrings air from my lungs. I hear and feel air being forced from my lungs during the twist. Does anyone else experience this? This is one of the hardest moves for me, I almost fall over every time I try to put my foot back down. Maybe I need some form tips!:)
12-08-2006, 12:47 PM
Front leg is bent pushing KLT, up on the back toe with heel/toe in alignment. Once in your stance, inhale and exhale as you lift your ribs, engage your lats and don't forget to press your lower back(belly button to the spine). You may have to shorten your stance, remember it's not a balance beam, your legs should be hip-width distance apart. As well, when twisting to the side, have a focal point for your eyes on the side wall same for the front wall, that may help assist and prevent you from feeling as if you will fall.
By the way, there are many, many threads out there on TT. Do a search for more tips.
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12-08-2006, 12:54 PM
I notice that if I'm lunging too far back with the back foot that I have a harder time balancing and lowering heel to floor in a controlled manner.
With my feet hip-distance apart, I step back so there is about a foot of space between the heel of my front (lunging) foot and the toes of the back foot. Of course it will be individual for you since our bodies are all different, but this is what works for me.
Maybe someone will correct me if this is wrong, but thought I'd throw that out there for you and see if maybe this is part of your balance problem.
About the air being forced from your lungs, try to exhale as you twist to get more air out for the collapse of the ribs (which is good!).
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12-08-2006, 01:06 PM
Thanks so much for the tips. I'd really like to attend another clinic now that I've been t-tapping for 8 months. When I went the first time I'd only been doing it 8 weeks so I probably have more things that need corrected on my form now. Thanks again!
12-08-2006, 01:08 PM
Just wanted to mention that in Fit & Fabulous, in addition to breaking the movement up, there is a detailed description to the purpose of TT. It is indeed considered a not so simple move! Tucking the butt while twisting plus keeping a knee bent in KLT will challenge core and ab muscles to the max.
At first I also found it to be challenging. Now, after 12 weeks of Tapping, I feel I've improved my form and it helps a lot.
Wishing you ongoing success!
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12-08-2006, 01:56 PM
Kayla - I would also wonder what body type you are. Short torsos may find this "wringing" more than a long torso. Make sure you fully exhale when you twist.
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12-08-2006, 02:31 PM
I loaned my book out, and am having a hard time gettig it back.:) I would like to read over some of the moves again. I'm a combination type that leans to short torso. It's something I've puzzled about for months. I thought I had about 4 inches of space, but after I lost more pounds found a lower rib than I could feel before. Somedays I think I have 3 inches and others only 2. One of my legs is longer than the other so it seems I have a little less space on my right side. When I was pregnant, I didn't get real big, always measured small and didn't carry my babies under my ribs at all, so this makes me think I have some space. But, getting a small waist is definately my struggle, so I must be a little bit short torso. I;ve given up on what type I am, and am just trying to look firm everywhere.;)
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