My Pilates instructor said “yes, that’s it perfect! Just stay like that while I find my phone and I’ll take a picture”. A couple of minutes in that position and your abs definitely know that they’ve been worked so I was cursing her by the time she took the shot :o)
It might sound daft but one way I’ve found of dealing with it is to find a really fast paced track on my i-phone and run up simply because it gets them out of the way more quickly. I should have said that I run up the stairs as a way to boost my cardio fitness but that’s crap, I just don’t like the bloody things!
The human body is pretty canny and, whilst your brain is busy telling you that exercise = feeling great, your body is saying ‘hang on a minute I’m knackered’. At this point, as our bodies are infinitely more intelligent than we give them credit for, they will force us into a period of rest whether we like it or not.