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The center piece that hold our bodies together is the core and if it’s weak the possibility of injuries is increased dramatically! Now since there are many different muscles that affect the core, there are many different exercises that can be done and should be done to target each muscle individually. As a San Diego Personal Trainer, I can help you firm up your midsection and build the strongest core of your life! Contact me today to get started!
We use our core all day every day and it’s the main muscle area that’s responsible for our posture. When most people think of the core, they think of tight abs, although this is a huge part of core strengthening we cannot neglect the lower back while strengthening the core. Without the proper balance between the lower back and the abdominals, there is a high probably that posture will take a big hit and injuries will occur. Together you and I can correct any imbalance that you possess and straight your posture right up.
To help you get started on the right path, here is a list of my 5 favorite core (abdominal) strengthening exercises that will target all aspects of your core:
Bicycle Crunch – With your hands behind your head and your knees bent at 90 degrees, straighten one leg while bringing the opposite elbow to the knee still bent at 90 degrees. Continue this pattern alternating sides for 30-60 seconds.
V-Ups – Lay flat on your back with your arms extended over your head, bring both arms and legs up at the same time to meet at the half way point. Lower and repeat.
Kick-Ups – Lay on your back with your hands behind your head and your knees bent at 90 degrees. Extend your legs up as you lift your upper back off the floor.
Stability Ball Crunches With Rotation – Take a stability ball or a bosu ball and place the sole of your lower back at a 45 degree angle on top of the ball. Keeping your hips down by rotating your pelvis back (sticking your butt out) and bring your upper body off the ball while rotating an elbow to its opposing knee. Lower and repeat.
Iron Horse – On all 4’s straighten the left arms over your head and your right leg backwards. Bring the left elbow to the right knee and repeat. Once you complete 20 repetitions follow the same steps on the other side.