Every woman wants a flat stomach. There are multitudes of exercises available to give you just that- a beautifully sculpted strong abs. But many ab workouts, and other conventional exercises, making the rounds today are very rigorous and actually causes problem to our target muscles by affecting it with high pressure.
This is where hypopressive exercise comes in. It trains our muscles to properly endure high pressure exercises that we make our body undergo every day. They are especially good for new moms looking to get back into shape, those with incontinence problem, or those suffering from any kind of pelvic floor disorder. Additionally, if you are someone who just wants to reduce your waist size, get flat abs, improve posture, and blood circulation then this exercise is for you.
What is Hypopressive method?
In the 1980’s when Dr Marcel Caufriez, was conducting a routine vaginal exam on a uterine prolapse patient, he noticed that there was an automatic response of chest expansion, followed by a reduction in prolapse during diaphragmatic aspiration. Dr. Marcel then developed a series of exercises focused towards relaxing the diaphragm and reducing the pressure on our internal organs.
How does it work?
Hypopressive exercises are performed right after exhalation during a phase called apnoea -when you cease to breathe. At this stage, your diaphragm rises up, which causes the lower abdominal organs, like the bladder, rectum and vagina, to lift up as well, causing the pelvic floor muscles to contract. This is an automatic reflex response that happens when your diaphragm ascends. This internal upwards pulling happen without any kind of strain. There is no pressure on the pelvic floor muscles.
Most muscles in our pelvic floor are slow twitch muscles fibers, and the best way to tone them is through hypotonic training, where makes your muscles toned even at rest…that is even when it is not consciously contracted.
Along with toning our abdomen, these exercises also correctly position the organs, especially in woman that just went through childbirth.
Why Hypopressive exercises rather than traditional ones?
Because conventional exercises only engage 3-4% of our core muscle fibers, while as hypopressive workout engages 75-80% of them. It is the safest way to strengthen your muscles. The best part is that once you do this continuously, your muscles will stay active even when you aren’t training them. This is the ultimate core strengthener.
Hypopressive workout: The Benefits
There are a huge range of benefits you can reap from hypopressive workout:-
- You will experience a smaller waist size which is caused from the abdominal muscles contracting automatically and creating a hollow, which then improves the resting tone of the muscles.
- These also aids and prevents incontinence by correctly positioning the bladder and making our pelvic floor stronger.
- By improving muscle tone without any strain, they aid and prevent umblical, inguinal, abdominal, vaginal and femoral hernias, which are usually caused by an increase in pressure.
- By increasing the blood flow to your pelvis, it improves your sexual function.
- It corrects your posture, and helps heal back pain
- It speeds up the recovery process after childbirth.
- It strengthens both abdomen and pelvic floor muscles without causing unwanted strain.
- It boosts your metabolism causing even more weight loss.
- It prevents the sagging of your internal organs.
- It helps treat edema or swollen legs.
Where every-day activities make us loose the function of our pelvis floor, hypoppressive technique reverses this problem by toning the fibers so they don’t lose their integrity and can handle the pressure without becoming dysfunctional.
There are several videos that advises people on how to perform these exercises, but it is important to note that doing these workouts can be complex. So if not done correctly, they can give you totally opposite results. Hence, it is advised to do them under the supervision of a professional.
Even if you practice crunches and lunges to get those abs, adding hypopressive workout to your regime will only help you by strengthening your core so it doesn’t get damaged by traditional exercises.
That said, if you have hypertension, inflammatory bowel disease, or are less than 3 weeks till your due date, this workout is not recommended for you.
In the comments below, please tell me: Have you heard of this workout before?