I tried to translate 收腹 from Chinese to English.

收腹 is something like: use you power/muscles of abdomen to force abdomen shrink/swallow(In fact, I also don't know if I use the correct verb here..). is a verb which has many means in English, at here, I think it is shrink. is abdomen.

I searched for the translations on some translation sites, got abdomen in, abdomen flat, stomach in, pull your stomachs and keep your stomach muscles in. Only the last one seems correct(my feeling). And google translation even give me only Abdomen ...

I also search 收起腹部(same meaning of 收腹), some site give me belly up ...

What is the correct translation ? If abdomen in or abdomen flat is correct, could you explain what is the composition of them?

  • We could say "To get a flat stomach, you can do {this exercise}." For example, a "stomach crunch".
    – TimR
    Aug 9, 2016 at 10:11
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    Possibly tuck in your tummy. Probably not belly up - that's a reference to the posture of fish when they are ill or dead, and used as a figure of speech in other contexts.
    – Lawrence
    Oct 8, 2016 at 8:45
  • Is this the name of the exercise itself (sit-up, lunge, bench press), or a literal instruction to perform as part of a larger exercise (straighten your arm, etc)? Is this related to any particular sport or regimen (weight lifting, wushu, tai-qi)? Can you provide pictures? Nov 7, 2016 at 21:02
  • What is your sentence? Feb 6, 2017 at 11:36

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Formally, you can say tighten your abdominal muscles. Here is an example:

Tighten your abdominal muscles and your buttock muscles together to tilt your pelvis back- wards and flatten your lower spine. - The complete guide to abdominal training

Informally, you can say tighten your tummy muscles. Here is an example:

... feel the air going out of your body. Once it stops going out of your body, tighten your tummy muscles very gently - Stretching and pregnancy

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    Another common informal word for the abdominal muscles is simply the "abs", as in "tighten your abs". Dec 8, 2016 at 15:45

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