Brace Your­self for Big Lifts

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“Your core—in­clud­ing trans­verse [deep] abs, obliques, and lat [mid­back] mus­cles— pro­tects your back, pelvis, and torso from in­jury as you lift,” says Julie Erick­son, the owner of En­durance Pi­lates and Yoga in Bos­ton. She sug­gests do­ing these core moves even be­fore you lift to prime your mus­cles: the Pi­lates roll-up (start faceup on floor, with your arms ex­tended be­hind head, then roll up to a seated po­si­tion) and bi­cy­cle crunches. “Then brace as you lift,” she says. “Tense your core as if you’re about to take a punch to the gut.”

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