Core Strengthening

December 2011 – 12 Core Strengthening Exercises/6-Pack Abs

Increase your core strength with 12 exercises that you can do easily at home! Get that elusive six-pack and strengthen your back. Abdominals are only one component of core strength. Do these exercises and crank up your core! http://youtu.be/S8KQFnn8ivo

12 Core Strengthening Exercises Transcript:

“It’s Dr. J and today I want to talk about core strength. There is a common misconception about core strength. Many people think it’s all about abdominals. Abdominals are a very important component however you need to have a good pelvic and back strength to go along with the abdominals. So today I’ll show you some alternating exercises that help strengthen the abs, pelvic and back muscles. Let’s go!

In this video I have displayed 12 different exercises. As far as incorporating these exercises into your routine to increase your core strength what I recommend is for you to choose two or three of each abdominal and back strengthening exercises and then alternate those 2 to 3 times per week in your workouts. For instance on day one you could do the Supermans followed up with the classic crunch. Then you could do the swimmer. Follow that up with the obliques to the left and to the right and so on. This way you are working the abdominals and the back in a one to one ratio. A key point to keep in mind when you’re doing abdominal exercises is to try and activate the core before you go into the abdominal contraction. To do that just place your hand on your belly button and try and bring your belly button down towards your spine. Once you get the feel for that when you go to do an abdominal exercise try to activate that abdominal core first and then go into your abdominal exercise. As you can see as well I have been progressing the difficulty level as the exercises are going up in number. So as you can see here the finisher is a lot more difficult than the classic crunch.
As well the plank walk is a challenging one. So that way you’ve got many options. Just choose what works best for you. You should increase that core strength. Good luck!” – Dr. Jory Basso