So…you want to get shredded abs instantly? Hahaha…just kidding! 🤣 There’s no magical exercise or piece of equipment that’ll give you a “six-pack”. The myth that crunches, sit-ups, side bends, or any other cousin of the crunch are necessary for building CORE strength has been around…well...for as long as I have;)
The core is SO MUCH MORE complex and encompasses SO MUCH MORE of our body structure than most core training tends to account for. The good news is... there’s A LOT we can do to strengthen and coordinate our bodies to better handle the rigors of daily life.
You may be wondering what kinds of exercises would work better for building core strength if crunches or sit-ups aren’t the way to go? Well... I’m glad you asked!
The real answer is that EVERY EXERCISE should be an AB EXERCISE. It may not look like what you’re used to seeing, but smartly executed, you’ll be strengthening your core in a practical way…along with your entire body!
What I have for you today are 2 VERSIONS of the BEAR 🐻. Pick one based on your body type.
This is a great way to get your training in when you are short on time, equipment, or just want to step out of your comfort zone, try something different, and challenge your capabilities.
Now let’s MOVE!
Start here: Practice INHALING - Find the MOST COMFORTABLE position based on your “body type”:
🤸♂️Loosey-Goosey: Just feel SUPER LOOSE and BENDY all over (LEFT KNEE FWD) 🏋️ Super Stiff: Just feel STIFF all over (RIGHT KNEE FWD)
- NASAL ONLY breathing! (Tongue against palate. MOUTH CLOSED!) - LONG EXAGGERATED SILENT INHALE (NO NECK!) Then normal exhale out. - Pause (Breath normally). Wait for next inhale to come. Repeat. - 8-12 breaths
Here’s what you’re gonna need: -Comfortable/Clear space
Here’s what you’re gonna do:
-Based on your body type, repeat either version of the Bear for 10 minutes (running clock), resting as and when necessary.
-BREATHE ANYWAY you want…JUST BREATHE!
🤸♂️Loosey-Goosey: Just feel SUPER LOOSE and BENDY all over
-Opposite ARM/LEG pattern
-Bring the SAME SIDE KNEE to ELBOW as you travel forward
🏋️ Super Stiff: Just feel STIFF all over
-Opposite ARM/LEG pattern
-Bring OPPOSITE KNEE to ELBOW as you travel backward
💥Notice how hard that is for me in the video! WOW, I’m feeling that EVERYWHERE. These positions and moves are deceptively difficult and performing them SMARTLY is a challenge like none other. Let me know how it goes for you, I’d love to know. Dedicated to your health and longevity, Mike
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