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Stomach vacuums - any good?

Stomach vacuums - any good?

yes, I rate them   63% (7)
no, they're useless   18% (2)
they work, but not really needed   18% (2)

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2006/07/07 10:39:27 (permalink)

Stomach vacuums - any good?

Only reply if you've tried them and given them a fair try:

For those who don't know, basically you stand up, exhale, then pull your tummy in so your tummy button is as far back towards your spine as possible, then hold for 20 seconds. Then repeat. Apparently they're good for tucking belly in.

(Oh, standard ab routine is weighted crunches, weighted leg raises and of cousre deads/squats)

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    Oaken
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    RE: Stomach vacuums - any good? 2006/07/07 23:56:41 (permalink)
    I know they're not highly rated on here. But I do them with standard abs training every 2nd workout. I feel they help posture by building the inner abs. I definately feel they help.

    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/ms-fit5.htm



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    RE: Stomach vacuums - any good? 2006/07/08 09:44:35 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: mekydro

    If vacuums are effective why are they so uncommon? - I think that question answers itself.



    Its a very common exercise amongst yoga practitioners.

    My missus used them after having kids and they worked very well.
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    RE: Stomach vacuums - any good? 2006/07/09 12:12:36 (permalink)
    trebor i could use your advice if you dont mind as i am not a very experienced body builder and have given my routine from the gym.
    when i bench press my shoulders fail before i recieve the full pump to my chest , is my grip 2 wide or am i training 2 heavy ?
    can u help please
    many thanx

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    RE: Stomach vacuums - any good? 2006/07/09 13:04:41 (permalink)
    Andy,i havn't done regular bench press in years mate,i never found it to be a very good chest builder.

    Couple of things you can try,keep your arse and shoulders in contact with the bench at all times feet planted on the floor,pull your shoulder blades in together and down towards your hips,this will cause a slight arch but your shoulders and arse are still on the bench.That should cause your pecs to do more of the work than the front delts.

    Arm spacing,when your upper arms are at the point were they are parallel to the floor your forearms should be pointing straight up to the ceiling,wrists and elbows in line.

    If that doesn't make sense let me no and i will try and explain better.
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    RE: Stomach vacuums - any good? 2006/07/09 13:34:46 (permalink)
    can u tell me what is a good chest builder . years ago i used a small gym and was taught to train in an unconventional way but it made my strength increase dramatically.
    before benching i had to do 2 warmup sets on pec dec and jump straight into the benching with no rest , starting flat pressing in 3 stages 7 reps from fully extended to halfway down to my chest but not touching my chest, then 7 reps starting on chest and extending half arm then 7 full reps similar to 21s when doing biceps have u heard of this ? if not i believe it is a military thing . anyway the point is strength increased but im not a fast builder and believe diet was wrong. would like advice on your best suggestion for chest building if u dont mind. feel free to offer your full routine if u have time as i would much appreciate it as time wasted can be avoided with good advice from experienced people like your self.
    many thanx

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    RE: Stomach vacuums - any good? 2006/07/09 14:38:44 (permalink)
    weighted dips are rated very highly mate

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    RE: Stomach vacuums - any good? 2006/07/09 15:27:32 (permalink)
    As wiffers said weighted dips are very effective,that and dumbell press.

    Try benching the way i suggested you may find it works for you,some lads get good results from flat bench others don't.

    My routine is only low incline dumbell press 3x6-8
    Weighted dips 3x6
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