Many of us equate core strength with a flat tummy or six-pack abs. While those may be motivating goals, there are so many more benefits that come from improving core strength than simply how your midsection looks -- including improved posture, better balance, reduced back pain and easier breathing.
So, where is your core, exactly? If you pointed to your belly button, you’re partially right. Many people think the core consists only of the abdominals, but the core also includes your pelvic muscles, mid and lower back muscles, and even your hip muscles. All of these muscles work together to support your spine and skull.
We created a plank routine and we strive to do it every morning at the gym. We do between 6-9 minutes continuously, though you can always start with 1-2 minutes and work your way up. We prefer to do our planks on the Power Plate which creates a bit more instability and therefore we work a little harder.
If you're an athlete of any kind, a strong core can only enhance your ability in your sport of choice. Dr. Aaron uses his strong core while rippin' on those gnarly waves while Doris employs her core while training for triathlons (swimming/biking/running).
Let us know if you try our routine. We'd love to hear your feedback/results!
Yours in health,
The Team at VSWI