I have mentioned on more than one occasion( I tend to be a broken record....... sorry) that the core is SO MUCH more that just the six pack muscles.
Although a six pack/slim mid section looks great, how the core performs functions in our everyday life is much more important. Because if it is not bad things can happen.
I have a confession. I have never had a six pack. When I first started exercising, I had no idea about "the core". That is your six pack right? I did those silly floor crunches just like everyone else and I wondered why I wasn't getting results. But, we know better now right?
Almost everyone loves the look of a well defined stomach right? But the core is much more than your six pack muscle. However, if you walk into any gym, crunches rule the roost Seen enough crazy crunches to last me a life time!
Almost everyone who comes to the gym wants a sexy midsection. Right? Know I do. But it's not all about looks..... it is about function as well.
Weak core will limit everything you do, in and out of the gym. Weak core will cause poor posture and low back pain. Limit the weight you can lift. How far you can run. How much air you can breath in. The list can go on and on.
When people start to realize they are putting weight around their mid section, the crunches come out. People yanking on their necks and looking like they are having a fit on the gym floor. Bad.
Do you know it takes 22,000 crunches to lose a pound of fat around your abs? Who has time for that?
One of the more annoying, yet common myths in the fitness world is that you can "spot train" muscles. Not only is it not possible, it shows how highly uneducated some people are with exercising, yet these people keep "educating" people on how to train. Under education is a huge problem in our industry, and spot training is the perfect example of that lack of knowledge. Targeting the "Lower" Abs or the "tear drop" in the Quads, are two of my favorite that people will try over and over to spot train.
The MINIMUM EFFECTIVE DOSE is simply the smallest dose that will produce a desired outcome and anything BEYOND the MED is wasteful. That being said, use this training you can do when you are stuck for time and you still want results. Follow the training below, 4 times per week for 12 -16 weeks to get the body you want. Day 1Close grip pushups 10 reps (Can be done on knees or on an incline surface)
Question; John “When should I have my energy drink or coffee?”This is a great question. Energy is based on the consumption of food in the form of calories in macronutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates and fats. It is the only form of energy there is. When you are tired you should start with a well-balanced meal to provide you the energy you need.
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A majority of strength training professionals have their fair share of core exercises that they would not think twice about using in an athletes program. The core is believed to play an integral role in the body's ability to generate, transfer, and absorb external forces. Athlete's undergo many external stressors during training and competition, and must have a strong "link" (the core), to keep the body functioning as a unit, or so we have thought. What research has shown