How to strengthen TVA muscle?


To strengthen the transverse abdominis (TVA) muscle, several effective exercises have been suggested by the hosts of Mind Pump Podcast:

  1. Vacuum Exercises:

    • The vacuum exercise is particularly effective for targeting the TVA, as it involves drawing the stomach in towards the spine.
    • Consistent practice of this exercise can significantly help in tightening the waistline 1.
  2. Drawing-in Maneuvers:

    • While performing any abdominal exercise, such as crunches, you should simultaneously draw in the midsection. This means trying to bring your belly button towards your spine.
    • This technique not only engages the TVA but also the other core muscles, making the exercise more effective 2.
  3. Stomach Vacuums:

    • Stomach vacuums are a classic bodybuilding exercise that effectively trains the TVA.
    • These can be practiced daily as they do not create much muscle damage but rather help in strengthening the TVA through consistent tension 3.

      Bye-Bye Mom Pooch

      Sal explains that post-pregnancy, the TVA muscle weakens and causes a pooch in the midsection. He suggests exercises that specifically target the TVA muscle to help tighten and shrink the waistline.

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These exercises, especially post-pregnancy, help in regaining abdominal tightness and reducing the lower belly pooch often seen due to weakened TVA muscles. For best results, regular practice is recommended.