Strength Workout of the Week: Core-Focused
|September 16, 2013||Posted by The Fit Scoop under Workouts|
Core exercises should form the cornerstone of any good fitness program. Your core is more than just your abs – it also includes your lower back, your glutes, and your hip flexor muscles. A strong core has the benefit of not only helping you be a better athlete but also helping you in your everyday life. With a strong core you experience better posture, less back pain, and better balance and stability. With all these benefits of a strong core, the perk of having a flat stomach is just icing on the cake!
I have two versions of the workout this week. The first version is for the beginner/intermediate exerciser. The second is for those who are more advanced.
***Note: you’ll notice that neither routine involves crunches. I am generally not a fan of crunches because they isolate your ab muscles rather than working you core in a more functional manner and because most people have poor form.
Though my core exercises have changed a lot since entering my second trimester of pregnancy, I still find ways to keep my core strong. I fully credit my lack of back pain and round ligament pain (common pregnancy problems) to my continued core work. Today’s core-focused workout is not recommended for women past their first trimester. I’ll post a separate pregnancy-friendly core focused workout later this week!