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  • Does clenching work?

    So, to get a perkier bum, women are generally recommended to do butt clenches.

    Does anyone know if this actually works, and if so, what are the mechanics of it? It doesn't make sense to me that just tensing a muscle (without it supporting / lifting any weight) would help it strengthen and tone.
    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

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    it won't do much

    /professional answer
    beautiful
    yeah you are

    Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
    lol

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    • #3
      Feels good to do it, though.
      Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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      • #4
        beautiful
        yeah you are

        Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
        lol

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        • #5
          Only if done correctly. Post a vid so we can critique your form!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ciep View Post
            Only if done correctly. Post a vid so we can critique your form!
            Haha... if the clenching works I'll post a vid!
            "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

            In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

            - Ray Peat

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            • #7
              I read that it's a isometric contraction... but can't find the right data on the science of how these apparently work on the body.
              "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

              In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

              - Ray Peat

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              • #8
                I read that it's a isometric contraction
                AFAIK these can be of great benefit when combined with static stretches for flexibility purposes BUT you need some degree of strength already for them to be effective. As far as strength improvements go - I doubt it - generally the rule is if it's hard work then it's doing you good, if it's too easy then not so much. As to toning - there's no such thing so clearly not.

                There is a great article in the use of isometric contractions in stretching here: Tricks Tutorials.com

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
                  I read that it's a isometric contraction... but can't find the right data on the science of how these apparently work on the body.
                  That is correct, it would be an isometric contraction -- which simply means that the muscle you're contracting is neither lengthening or shortening while flexed (or to put it another way, it is not creating motion at a joint).

                  Isometric contractions can be fantastic for strengthening muscles, but they're far more effective when done against resistance (and probably to the point of fatigue). Classic PBF example would be doing planks. I can't see how flexing a muscle against no added resistance for "reps" is likely to do anything.

                  The best glute exercises are sprints, squats, and deadlifts (and kettlebell swings if you're into that).

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                  • #10
                    In his book 4 hour body, Tim Ferris talks about some girl winning a butt competition by just having done kettlebell swings for 6 months. Take some before pictures first, do the swings and then post the after pics. We will help you judge how it worked.
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                    • #11
                      If you put a tennis ball or a set of grippers between your cheeks clenching is a pretty good workout.
                      I've got of one them journal thingies. One Night At McCool's

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TorMag View Post
                        In his book 4 hour body, Tim Ferris talks about some girl winning a butt competition by just having done kettlebell swings for 6 months. Take some before pictures first, do the swings and then post the after pics. We will help you judge how it worked.
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                        • #13
                          If you do it all the time, your butt will look great all the time ;D

                          In all honesty, though, squats and deadlifts I've gotten some compliments from girls who ask what I do, and then get turned off by the heavy weights. Oh well.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by TorMag View Post
                            In his book 4 hour body, Tim Ferris talks about some girl winning a butt competition by just having done kettlebell swings for 6 months. Take some before pictures first, do the swings and then post the after pics. We will help you judge how it worked.
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                            • #15
                              Guess I am buying a kettlebell so!

                              I've been doing the clenching for a couple of days and I've noticed that my glutes feel stronger and my lifts are better (my Yoga lifts). Still don't understand how just clenching a muscle group makes it stronger though! None of the sites are giving me the science.
                              "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

                              In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

                              - Ray Peat

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