Train Like A Pro - Abs
Train Like A Pro – Abs
Core training is vitally important to an aesthetic physique and long-term fitness in general. You don’t need eye popping abs to have a strong core. You should include some form of abs training in your program to ensure training is well-rounded. A strong core very much supports a strong back. This will give you some insight into creating core strength and stability in your body.
It doesn’t matter what muscle group you are exercising, or what sport you play. If you don’t have a healthy core, you are putting yourself at a major disadvantage. Think about anyone who has had an abdominal hernia, or a woman after giving birth via c-section. Everyone responds differently but, most people can’t do too much until they are healed.
Surgery may be an extreme example but, it demonstrates the importance of core strength. You use your abs when you lift your kids, groceries, laundry, exercise with weights, using the stairs and even sitting down and getting up. You use your abs and core in just about every daily function you can think of.
To make sure you are equipped with proper core strength, here are a few exercises and suggestions to support you in strengthening your midsection.
- Stretching should be included in some form or fashion any time before you engage a muscle group
- Sit-Ups – 3 sets x 25 reps
- Leg Raises – 3 sets for 30 seconds (Lay down flat on the ground. Lift your legs 6 inches off the ground and hold them for 30 seconds. Rest and repeat)
- Bosu Ball Crunches – 3 sets x 25 reps (Use an inflatable ball found at any fitness store or in any fitness section. Balance your butt on the ball and perform sit-ups on the ball)
- Hanging Leg Raises – 3 sets x 20 reps (Hang on to a bar, slowly lift your legs up to a 90 degree’s position, pause and then slowly lower your legs back down to reset and repeat. You can also lift your knees to your chest if that is easier to start)
- Pelvic Thrusts – 3 sets x 10 reps (Lay down flat on the ground. Thrust your hips forward into the air keeping your butt and legs tight. Your head and your feet should still be touching the ground but, everything else is elevated. Your butt and legs get a workout too! You are basically creating a bridge every time you perform a rep)
You can start with any rep and set range that is comfortable for you. Don’t be afraid to push it when you are ready. Your core can and does handle much more than it’s given credit for! Overtime, you will be able to increase reps and sets as you get stronger. For more great tips and insights into creating a stronger and healthier version of you, visit here. Fe sharpens iron!