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Getting to the Core of Exercise

Author: Dr. Lanny Schaffercore exercise w-ball

Core conditioning is a fitness buzz word these days but few are actually doing it correctly. Many confuse it with abdominal training when in fact the core covers your body from your groin to your shoulders (front, side, back and inside-out). Your core offers stability, balance and flexibility to all your movements. An improperly conditioned core will limit movement capabilities and predispose you to injury whether you are performing every day activities or complex sports movements.

The aim of working the core muscles is primarily one of stabilization and coordination versus strengthening. There are many muscles in the core including the lower back, superficial front and side abdominals, deep abdominals, deep back muscles, and the hip and pelvic muscles. It is the deep muscles that usually get neglected. The ultimate aim of core conditioning is to insure the deep trunk muscles are working correctly to control the lumbar spine during dynamic movements such as lifting a box. The deep muscles act as stabilizers and are isometrically contracted (contraction with no movement). Thus when training your core you should start with the inside and work outwards.

Exercises and products intended to train the core do so by creating resistance and instability so the core muscles must respond to maintain balance. Core exercises often imitate moves we employ in daily life or sports,  reducing the strainbosu-ball we put on our limbs daily. Some popular core exercises come from Pilates which uses both the bodies own resistance as well as balance devices such as foam rollers. The swiss ball provides an unstable platform to perform a variety of core strengthening moves on. Another newer balance and core developing device is the half domed shaped Bosu. Whatever type of exercises and equipment you choose start slowly. Even if you are a finely tuned athlete chances are you do not have a well developed core. Core strength is important for all ages and fitness abilities. Incorporating core training into your exercise routine can reduce muscular fatigue, avoid muscle strain and injury, improve posture and improve strength and mobility.

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About the Author: Dr. Lanny Schaffer is an Exercise Physiologist and the President of The International Fitness Academy. To find out more cutting edge fitness ideas and information go to aerobic-exercise-coach.com.

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Rock-Hard Abs

Author: C. Small

Over the past few weeks there have been many questions about developing “rock hard” abs. Summer is quickly approaching and people are probably pushing to get their “winter’ bodies in “summer” shape. One viewer provided some advice that I thought worth re-printing. See Crystal’s comments on rock hard abs below.

Hello guys. My name is Crystal. I am a certified athletic trainer with a Master’s degree in Athletic Training. Six pack abs are all the craze right now. It is understandable, I am one of those who constantly focuses on abdominals. Remember, diet as well as exercise are important. The rock hard abs are not going to just pop up because you cut out the sweets.

My advice…keep it simple.

man & woman absThe “abs” are our core stabilizers, therefore they are always working which means they are also endurance muscles. Increase the reps of whichever abdominal exercise you prefer because this is what your abs were made to do. Don’t just do crunches alone. In all of your exercises you should focus on keeping your body still and only moving the extremities you are working on. In other words, keep your abs tight while you are doing hamstring curls, squats, biceps curls, etc. The Total Gym, which can be found on this website, is great for engaging the abdominals in all of your routine exercises and all of these exercises can be accomplshed on one machine! Yoga and pilates are great for ab work and core stabilization as well.

Now, as far as diet is concerned…cut down on the carbs (don’t completely eliminate them) and increase the protein. Of course, with any diet, make sure you ok it with your physician before starting. Carbs (and alcohol) “feed the belly fat” whereas protein “feeds the muscles.” I think that is the easiest way to explain without getting in to all of the technical jargon. Most of us have decent abs, but we have so much belly fat covering them they can’t be seen (lol).

I wish you all good luck in your six pack endeavors. Please let me know how it goes!

Thanks Crystal, and to all of you, for your comments. Have fun this summer and above all, be safe!

About the author:  C. Small is the Founder/President/CEO of CVS Unlimited, LLC and a health and fitness enthusiast with more than 31 years of military training.  The Company’s desire is to help people achieve healthy lifestyles by combining good nutrition with the right exercises, and using the right equipment for lasting results.

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