I am not fat by any means but when i am in the gym and brace my mid-section for lifts by belly really sticks out and makes me look like i have gut/beer belly. What gives? Is this a TVA weakness causing my stomach to bulge out when i increase the pressure in my abdominal cavity?
I am familiar with the buddha belly and deep breathe for abdominal support of the spine but i think i may not be doing it right. One thing i have noticed is that if i REALLY concentrate on sticking my chest up and brace from that position it feels “better”, like i actually have some support. is that the key to correct bracing, keeping the chest high?
For what is is worth it is the most apparent (the belly thing) when i am doing standing barbell curls. I think that if i am using too heavy a weight it pulls my chest/torso down and as i still try to “brace” the belly pops out. This is what made me think the high chest would help.
Any thoughts about what might be going on?