View Full Version : Glutes and curling the core while sitting
08-23-2010, 10:02 AM
I've got out of town company right now and am not getting in as much T-Tapp as I would like. So, I am trying to make sure I keep proper hip to shoulder alignment and curl the core while we are in the car or sitting around visiting. However, I think I may be tightening my butt muscles too much. Does anyone else really find themselves engaging the glutes while doing this move? Does this indicate that I am doing it wrong? Does anyone have any form tips to offer?
08-23-2010, 10:12 AM
I've been doing the same ever since I started T-Tapp. At first I know I was tightening the glutes a lot, but lately I've been able to differentiate between tucking and tightening. I don't think it hurts anything to tighten the glutes... I think it's good... but it does get tiring. I do notice a tendency when I tuck to also let my chest drop a bit, and thus the shoulders come forward. Have to watch that. It'll be interesting to hear what the trainers say.
08-23-2010, 10:21 AM
You will tighten the glutes some, but it shouldn't be really intense. Just make sure you are initiating the move from the core, not the glutes.
I'm not a trainer (just a wannbe!), that is what I've gleaned here and at clinics! ;)
08-23-2010, 10:28 AM
Thanks, Trisch... I think what I discovered one day in the car is that distinction of initiating from the core rather than the glutes. I actually think it's easier to get it right when standing, but it sure helps to be able to work on this in the car, or when sitting in a meeting or something. I am so mindful of my posture now! I'll catch myself slouching at the kitchen counter while making dinner and straighten right up. :)
08-23-2010, 11:46 AM
I do believe I am initiating from the core. However, the longer I try to hold it, the more I seem to tighten my glutes. Maybe this issue will lessen as my core gets stronger? I just notice after a while that my butt is getting very tired...lol. Like Peggy, I too find it easier to tuck without so much glute activation when standing and also from on the floor.
I do notice, also like Peggy, that I am more mindful of my posture now! I have always been a bad sloucher, so it is a challenge to keep those shoulders in alignment!
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