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The Abdominal Vacuum Technique For Bodybuilding

Rebullido, Tamara Rial, PhD; CSPS1; Chulvi-Medrano, Iván, PhD CPT CSCS2

doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000434
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The abdominal vacuum technique is a breath-holding maneuver used in bodybuilding to contrast a noticeable reduction of the waistline to an increase in thoracic circumference. This article provides a description of the abdominal vacuum exercise as well as a technique-driven progression and teaching cues for performing this maneuver.

1 International Hypopressive & Physical Therapy Institute, Vigo, Spain

2 University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain

Corresponding author: Tamara Rial Rebullido, PhD, CSPS,, Tel: (215) 987-8984

Author information: Tamara Rial Rebullido is the director of the International Hypopressive & Physical Therapy Institute, Vigo, Spain., Iván Chulvi-Medrano is an assistant professor at the University of Alicante and an exercise physiologist at the Gynecological Clinic Millet, Valencia, Spain.

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