rib•cage: the bony frame formed by the ribs around the chest.

Ok, but for real, your ribs are ABSOLUTELY HUGE.

Check it out on our friend rockin' out to Thriller:

See how big that ribcage is? It’s huge! And that’s AWESOME. So much air.

Which brings me to my next point - when was the last time you really *breathed* with your ribcage? Like used the entirety of that space to fill with air.

In Pilates breathing (check that out here for a deeper dive), the ribs are are the bedrock of your breath. In through the nose, out through the mouth, and all about the ribs working for that breath.


Now let’s take a look at structure and why the ribs are so integral to ab work: your abs connect from your pubic bone all the way to the sternum. Again, that’s SO MUCH SPACE that the abs take up. It follows that to keep the abs stable and neutral, the ribs must be stabilized.

Popped ribs means a disconnect with the neutrality of the spine and ALSO breaks the ab connection.

Bottom line:

Breathe deeply WITH THE RIBS.

Stabilize the ribcage and the spine (and abs!) will follow.