Tips from the Master Class about FEELING Those Lower Abs
Since I got back from the PBS Taping and Master Clinic with Teresa, I have been integrating as many of the tips we learned in the clinic as possible and appropriate into the classes. The results have been impressive watching even my seasoned Veterans really sweat it out and feel their muscles more! From ALL those notes I have I am going to share what I think are two that have made the biggest difference for ME and hopefully will for you as well in your quest for a strong flat stomach!
The first I find actually ironic because I originally championed the entire idea. That is to keep your feet JUST hand distance apart. A couple years ago, Teresa adjusted the stance to be narrower on T-Tapp Twist, The Box and Lawn Mowers so we could REALLY feel our abs working and get maximum results. I realized that the distance of the width of a closed hand was ideal and started using it for those moves. Teresa loved the idea when I re-certified for LadyBug in 2009 and continued to work on it as she developed Senior Fit. The result is that she emphasized that closer stance for all the moves in our Master Clinic....WOW! What a difference I could feel in my lowest abs in the amount of activation I was able to accomplish and also in one of my biggest target areas, the hip and saddle bag area. I couldn't BELIEVE how many inches I lost in just 3 hours! So try it out for yourself, and see what happens!
The other big thing that she emphasized throughout the entire workout, not just on these ab targeting moves, was the Mitten Chop (Organs in Place) Series. Tilting slightly forward relaxing the abs, hunching the shoulders (I always joke that by then I feel like a huge blob in my middle) so the lower abs are as relaxed as possible standing. Use the Karate Chop outside edge of the hand along the inside of the Iliac crest and spine of the pelvic girdle, then squeeze the heels of the hands together first, then tuck the fingers under the urinary bladder and draw everything up toward your rib cage. Then pressing the belly button to the spine, pulling the shoulders back and tying them to the spine, pressing with the hands in the same iliac region to lift and set the ribs before putting thumbs back. For years I have told my personal story of doing Organs In Place every time I used the lady's room at my work to increase neuro-kinetic function to the lower abs and get faster results. Well Teresa has take it to a whole new level with Senior Fit by doing this more in depth sequence between almost every move. In my classes I will do this several times, and a variation of it each time I reset T-Tapp stance. This maximizes the use of the muscle in my torso and allows me to get more muscle activation leading to a flatter stomach. It mystifies me why all the students don't follow suit, but many just watch me each time. So my other powerful secret has been to repeat this as many times as I can sneak in during a workout, even with a DVD.
So give these a tray and watch the inches just melt off your waist AND feel the burn in the lower abs! I know i have much more connection to these very important muscles now than I did just a month ago and the residual fat shifting is PROOF it works!