Whether you’re a guy or a girl looking to get in shape, it is almost guaranteed one of your goals is to “get abs”. The interesting thing here is you probably already have them, they’re just hiding under a little bit of fat. You can train your abs every day for the rest of your life and never see them. No matter how many crunches, side-ups, reverse crunches, mountain climbers or bicycles you do- those exercises alone unfortunately won’t be giving you the shredded look you desire. Now sure, these core exercises are important and definitely help, however there are much more efficient ways to strengthen the core, and build your six pack.
I was definitely one of those girls spending at least 30 minutes of my workout laying on the ground in my local gym doing ab exercise after ab exercise but it wasn’t until I incorporated compound strength movements like the Back Squat, Deadlift and Pull-up until my core not only got stronger but developed that “toned” look most individuals strive for. Compound movements build up total body strength including the core by using more than one muscle group. This is more challenging for your body therefore more calories are burned. Not only are you strengthening your body but you are blasting fat at the same time. When you incorporate weight lifting into your workout routine, you are putting stress on your body that it is not used to: a challenge for your mind AND body.
Not only do these movements build core strength, they build confidence. To me, there is no better feeling than knowing your body is able to lift such a heavy amount of weight. Whether you are new to lifting or have been doing it for a while, being able to continue to add weight each week provides such a feeling of empowerment.
One product I find that helps me especially with my squats is my Harbinger Foam Core Belt. Now I know what you’re thinking, only those big, macho guys in the gym wear those belts around their waist to throw their weights around. First of all, tell me this doesn’t look cute….
and ALSO weight lifting belts provide lower back support, keep your form correct and reduce stress on your spine when lifting heavy weight. I feel so much more secure and I am able to lift so much heavier when I wear my belt. I have a super flexible spine so for example when I squat, I tend to hyperextend my back. Wearing my belt keeps my spine in alignment and thankfully prevents me from getting injured. Harbinger makes many different kinds of belts so find the one that fits best for you! (www.harbingerfitness.com) and as always don’t hesitate to email me with questions! (FitnessTeam@sd-evolution.com)
Getting under that bar can be intimidating or even scary for some at first but I challenge you to step out of that comfort zone, build your core and challenge your mind.
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