The myth that crunches, sit-ups, and 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;)
What’s the core anyway? I’m so glad you asked! It’s 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 keep us moving forward and upright so we can handle the rigors of daily life better. So, what kind of exercises would work better for building core strength? What I have for you today are two of my favorite movements…
I practice a version of each of these daily depending on what my body needs in that given moment. And makes for a great addition to your warm-up/cool-down…or DAYBREAKER!
Again, a BIG THANK YOU to my friend and mentor Zac Cupples for the inspiration behind these cool moves:)
-Maybe something for your head/neck
✔️Here’s what you’re gonna do:
1) SAME SIDE ROLL
-Straight leg and head stay in contact with the ground at all times
-Version #1: Place SAME SIDE hand on kneecap
-Version #2: Hold Yoga block LENGTHWISE between SAME SIDE knee and elbow
-Reach OPPOSITE/FREE arm comfortably across your body and grasp firmly onto your rib cage
-ROLL towards your FLEXED SIDE
SILENT NASAL INHALE: Look/Roll HEAD FIRST then BODY
FULL MOUTH LONG SIGHING EXHALE (Slow. Soft. Relaxed.) Come back.
💡BEST LAZY SELF! You’re NOT WORKING HARD HERE!!! EFFORTLESS😴
2) DEAD BUG -Lie on your back -Version #1: LEFT HAND on LEFT KNEECAP
-Version #2: Hold Yoga block LENGTHWISE between LEFT KNEE and ELBOW
🍝EXTRA SAUCE: STRAIGHTEN the leg in either version! SILENT NASAL INHALE: KNEE to CHEST LONG SIGHING EXHALE (Slow. Soft. Relaxed.): Whole FOOT or HEEL to floor -Repeat:15-20x
Enjoy FEELING GOOD and “WORKED” after this one! 🤗
Dedicated to your health and longevity, Mike
P.S. 💥If you haven’t moved in a while or never for that matter, I ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND that you be ASSESSED by a professional FIRST! Because if you’re NOT being assessed, then your training is just being GUESSED 👎
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