New equipment for flat abdomen – a piece of string!

Physiotherapist Sammy Margo says achieve flatter abs using a piece of string.

Has anyone else read about this method suggested by physiotherapist Sammy Margo, for toning the abdomen without using exercise equipment or going to the gym?


Women lying floor doing abdominal exercises

It sounded intriguing so I thought I’d do a little more reading.

Sammy Margo is a physiotherapist based in London and has been quoted this week in the Daily Mail and previously in the Guardian. She has produced this video which encourages people to focus to engaging their core muscles in everyday life using a piece of sting.

The idea is simple.

  1. Draw in tummy by contracting abdominal muscles.
  2. Release by 50%
  3. Tie a piece of string around narrowest part of tummy when 50% contracted
  4. The string will act as a reminder to hold abdominal muscles slightly contracted during the day.

The theory is that consistent engagement of the core muscle tones the abdomen and results in a flatter tummy.


In particular the video claims that integrating abdominal exercises in this way into everyday life results in:

  • A flatter stomach
  • A work out for the core
  • Improved abdominal tone
  • Improved posture

Whilst I love the simplicity and sense behind this method, I’m intrigued to know how it actually translates into practice.

I don’t know if Sammy Margo has had a chance to formally test her method yet. It would be useful to know how long someone might use this method before seeing any results? Are there any practical difficulties with the string? Can it achieve a real change in appearance or just as a supplement to other exercise?

close up on abdomen

I have had trouble with Diastasis Recti (abdominal separation) following the birth of my second baby. During my physiotherapy I was advised to contract my abs to around 30% during all daily activities.

This video from Sammy Margo is potentially a good way to remind myself of the original advice. I’m unsure if it will really result in a flatter tummy. But for the sake of a piece of sting I’m defiantly willing to give it a try.

I’ll report back with my experience in a few weeks.

What do you think? Would you try this unusual method to get a flatter tummy without hitting the gym.


8 thoughts on “New equipment for flat abdomen – a piece of string!

  1. Sarah April 5, 2015 / 9:57 pm

    I’ve heard about this tip too!
    Can’t do it now, as im 7 months pregnant! Haha. But I may try it afterwards. Do let me know how you get on! 🙂


    • tenminutesspare April 6, 2015 / 9:17 pm

      Yes I’ll definitely write about it again. I suspect the string will end up being a hassle but even a couple of days might be enough of a reminder to make a good habit.


    • tenminutesspare April 6, 2015 / 9:18 pm

      Thanks. I think the original idea has been around for a while but is just becoming popular. I have no idea how it will work in practice however.


  2. travelingchristie April 6, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    What a great idea, I will have to try this, thanks for linking up to #SundayStars xx


    • tenminutesspare April 6, 2015 / 9:19 pm

      Thanks. I do think the idea is good. I’ll just have to see how it works in practice.


  3. Katy (What Katy Said) April 8, 2015 / 7:34 pm

    How interesting! Definitely want to know how you get on! x


    • tenminutesspare April 8, 2015 / 9:16 pm

      Yes I’m going to try it in the next few days. Will definitely post again about the experience.


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