First of all, I have to say thank you for the unbelievable comments you all left on my last post. Seriously. It’s such a comfort to know that so many of you can relate to being a perfectionist and are working to overcome it. Life is so much more enjoyable when we rid ourselves of that burden.
Second, I have to say I’m quite proud of myself for keeping up with my posting schedule this week. I was sure I’d miss a day or two in there but I somehow managed to stay on top of things. Success! Obviously life hasn’t been quite so stressful for this little guy…
And finally, today’s post…
Remember a few weeks ago when I kept harping on the importance of stability and core training? Well, I’m back to do it again! As I make my way through the last few chapters of my NASM textbook I’ve started to look back on the things I’ve learned and what really stood out. Ironically enough, one of the things NASM repeats over and over again is the importance of having a strong foundation to build on. Whether you’re brand new to exercise, a yogi, an avid cross-fitter, a body-builder, etc., stability and core training should always be your base. Then, as you gain strength in those areas, you’ll be able to safely and effectively add in different types of exercise and push yourself to new limits.
I don’t know about you but I’ve always struggled when it comes to doing a zillion crunches. No matter how perfect my form is, after a while my neck starts to ache and I tire of repeating the same motion over and over. Thankfully, core-training doesn’t have to include crunches- in fact, almost every exercise can work your abs if you’re keeping them engaged throughout the movement.
So, in light of that, I wanted to share a quick 8 (or 16!) minute ab routine that doesn’t require one single crunch or sit-up. One time through each circuit is quite a workout in itself but, if you want an extra challenge, repeat Circuit #1 before you move on to Circuit #2 and then repeat that one as well!
Most of the exercises should be fairly simple & self-explanatory but, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! (If you type the exercise into Google, demonstrations should also be available online.)
I actually really enjoy this workout (it flies by!) and I hope you do too! It’ll leave your core strong and your neck happy- what more could we ask for?!
Here’s to buildin’ abs of steel…