ABsolutely Core Crazed- Working Your Center
I am often asked how I work my core. This is the area I feel most comfortable helping others. This 6 part series is based solely on my personal experience and results that have worked best for me. Consult a professional trainer to modify these exercises to best suit you.
I read that you have to do 250,000 crunches to burn one pound of fat! Remove a few zeros and you might struggle to lose a few ounces. No wonder we give up before we start!
If you have 1 or 2 inches of flab on your gut, I don’t care how many 6 packs are underneath, you’ll never see them.
“I might as well not even try because I have to lose all this weight around my middle first,” some may say. Quite the contrary!
Don’t neglect your core in your fitness journey. It is one of my top priorities! Most of my core workout is for functional strength and some is for looks. I’m not here to say that a 6 pack on your gut is going to help you climb mountains, but sometimes you just want to look good on the beach:).
The main reason to work your core, regardless of your beer gut or mommy tummy, is to prevent back problems! If you are running, biking, swimming, playing soccer or football, tennis, golf, if you have a weak core your back is going to try and compensate. Backs are inherently strong and that is why we want to lift heavy objects with them instead of our legs as we should. Backs take a lot of abuse in our lifetimes. And if you have ever had an aching back, it’s as bad or worse as a tooth or ear ache. You can ignore your core for awhile until your back says, “I’m sick of doing all the work!”
Your rectus abdominis is the true name of your “six pack.” It has 8 segments but only 6 are visible. Fascia, dense connective tissue, connects everything together. The linea alba is that separation you see down the middle of your abs. Your rectus abdominis starts at your pelvis and connects from there to the cartilage of your lower rib cage. Because of these valuable muscles, you can pull your shoulders toward your hips, flex your spine so you can bend your lower back, and tilt your pelvis forward lifting your hips and flattening the curve of your lower back. Hence, why we should work our core to keep our back from overworking.
The series is meant to be comprehensive targeting all areas of the core. At the end of this series I will mention a few exercises that I think are a waste of time or can actually cause more harm than good.
Repetition is key! So pick a few and stick with them for several weeks before switching it up.