Monday, March 25, 2013

Monday Move


six pack (much more visible on a man than a woman)
photo via skinnybulkup.com

Good morning everyone,

Let's talk about our abs......

Of course it is very important to strengthen all of the muscle groups of your body.  But it is extremely important to have a strong core.  If your core is not strong then your body will have a hard time working properly.  Your core is basically your trunk minus your arms and legs.  One of the most important muscle groups in your core is your abdominal muscles.  These include the rectus abdominus (six pack), transverse abdominis and the internal and external obliques.

I do not believe that you have to lie on the floor to effectively work your abs.  There is a very small range of motion that is necessary to work this group of muscles.  If you ARE doing a floor crunch there is no need to come all the way up off the floor.  You will be losing the contraction that is so necessary for your muscles to grow and tone.

Here is a simple ab exercise.
While standing do a pelvic tilt......bringing your belly button in towards your back. (as you are bringing your belly button in towards your back your pelvis will tilt up)
Hold that for ten seconds........YOU DID A CRUNCH!
Now do reps.....but at the top of each movement (when you are holding and squeezing) think about the muscles that you are working (there is a mind-muscle connection) and give an extra squeeze (recruits more muscle fibers....more effective) Do as many as you can with proper form ( which is extremely important)  Start with 25 if you can.  Rest for 30 seconds in between sets.  Do three sets!

You can do this abdominal exercise anywhere!

(I will post a pic as soon as I can get someone to take one of me doing this)

p.s.  working your abs or any muscle group will make them toned and strong but to see them you have to lose the fat that is hiding them from sight.  That,  of course,  means eating healthy. And we do have to add in some cardio!....But when you have strong and toned muscles your body becomes a more efficient fat-burning machine!!!!!!!

p.s.s.  there are so many different ab exercises.  Please email me with any questions @ eengel088@gmail.com.

p.s.s.s.  always check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.

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