3 Things My Clients Can Really Teach You About Your Core Muscles
1. Weak Core Equals Weak Overall Body
If you're trying to build your #core muscles, the chances are you're also trying to build your over-all body strength. 🏋️ So core muscles are actually the most important place to start. The core has two primary purposes: to act as a stabilizer for your entire body and to act as a center of force transfer. Your core muscles contain all the muscles in the center of your body: According to Wikipedia, major muscles included are the pelvic floor muscles, transversus abdominis, multifidus, internal and external obliques, rectus abdominis, erector spinae (sacrospinalis) especially the longissimus thoracis, and the diaphragm. And to make all these muscles stronger actually don't require excessive amount of work. For beginners, I recommend just two basic tests to see if your core muscles are within an acceptable level of strength:
Sit-Up Test: With your feet held down on the floor, by using dumbbells or having someone hold them, see if you can do 20+ situps without rest. If so, from what I see in my clients and our work-outs, your core muscles are at good strength.
#Plank Test: Hold a plank position with your elbows on the floor and see if you can hold it for 2 minutes. Many beginner clients can not even do 1 minute. If you can hit the full 2 minutes, for me, I would feel that your ab muscles are at an appropriate strength level.
2. Strong Core Shows No Proof Of A Six Pack
If you want a shredded looking body, only focusing on #ab work will not do the trick. 😬 You will have to make sure you work your entire muscles throughout the entire body thoroughly. You definitely do not wish to neglect the #abs, but you must neither neglect the other important areas of the body which you can exercise under four different categories:
Push: Push-Ups, Bench Press, Dumbbell Press, Dips, etc.
Pull: Pull-Ups, Row Exercises, Rope Climb, etc.
Legs: Squats, Box Jumps, Leg-Press, Lunges, etc.
Core: Sit-Ups, Plank, etc.
When I train my clients, I always make sure I cover those 4 categories of working-out. I do my best to mix things up to keep them interested as well.
3. Making Your Core Stronger Is Relatively Easy To Do
I wish to make a final comment that strengthening your core does not require too much work. Personally, I feel that as long as they are adequately strong compared to others who exercise regularly, you should be in perfect shape to strengthen the rest of your body and reach your overall fitness goals. Besides, unless you are training to become a competitive athlete or a professional dancer, it is unnecessary to have enormous core strength to build a fit and lean body.
And to conclude my blog, I include one video I made a while back that has two ab challenges for you. It is only approximately 1 min 30 sec long if you wish to watch! Cheers! 😁💪