Diastasis Detective Program

Module 1: Intro

Difference between core engagement and sucking in

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CORE ENGAGEMENT AND SUCKING IN

A lot of women suck their abdominals in as they go about their day-to-day lives, thinking they’re engaging or training their transversalis (core) muscles.

There’s a difference between sucking in and engaging the core.

ENGAGING THE CORE:

This is where you unconsciously hold tension in your abdominals all the time.

It’s a way of making your abdominal region appear flatter (until it becomes a habit), but it’s definitely not functional.

ENGAGING THE CORE:

This is where you consciously send a signal from your brain to your transversalis muscles and draw your lower abdominal muscles inwards (towards the lower spine) to engage the core muscles.

This is usually done as a preemptive or preventative cue before a client does an exercise like Pilates or other core-based movements.

SUCKING IN:

This is where you unconsciously hold tension in your abdominals all the time…and all day long.

It’s a way of making your abdominal region appear flatter (until it becomes a habit), but sucking in is definitely not functional.

When dealing with postnatal women in particular, they can sometimes have an unsightly tummy with stretch marks, excess skin and/or an over-hang left over from a c-section that they’re desperately trying to hide.

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Sensitive issue: when dealing with postnatal women in particular, they can sometimes have an unsightly tummy with stretch marks, excess skin and/or an over-hang left over from a c-section that they’re desperately trying to hide.

Sucking in is a way that many women deal with an abdominal region they’d rather hide, and they mask it by sucking in, and it’s often a deep-seated, ingrained habit that’s very hard to break.