Must-Read: Core Strength
Look at your body right now. Up and down. Go ahead and head over to the mirror for a second. I’ll wait.
Alright, you back? Now, after taking a gander, there are no doubt a bunch of problem areas. Maybe you have a bit of a pouch, or perhaps your double chin is showing through, or maybe your biceps aren’t where you want them to be. But while there are plenty of muscle groups that you may believe are “more important,” especially when it comes to attracting women, there’s really only one that is important in order for you to be considered healthy. And that’s your core. So today we’re heading to Men’s Fitness where they have a list of exercises that you can utilize in order to make sure your core is in tip-top shape. For instance, among the various exercises that they include on their list:
Think of your core as a central place for force to pass through. To strengthen it, perform moves that keep your limbs engaged in opposite tasks while your core helps you maintain balance. For a training example, kneel on your right knee with your left foot planted on the floor in front of you, knee bent. Grab a dumbbell with your right hand and press it overhead.
The first three strategies we’ve mentioned train your core to be stable as force passes through it. But you’ll also benefit from generating force from your midsection. How? Think about kicking a large punching bag. Relax your core muscles as force is transferred through your leg, and then quickly contract your core upon impact.
Head on over to the above link in order to check out the other ideas to have in your head while working out your abs. And then get to ab-working and your core will be ready to go in no time.
About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.