We all want stronger, leaner and more defined abs...am I right? Having a strong core has many added benefits. The top benefit in my opinion is the stability and strength it gives to the rest of your body! Having a strong core means less pressure on your back, leading to less back pain overall. Maximizing form while performing ab exercises helps to ensure that you are not only utilizing the move to the fullest, but helps create better posture and makes certain that no damage is being done to your back in the process.
Here are my top tips to help you maximize form to get the most out of your core workout:
1. Engage your core - during the exercise contract your abs as if you were laughing, squeezing them in tighter.
2. When lying on your back, act as if there is a string pulling your belly button into your spine. Press that area of your back into the floor.
3. While on your back, keep your shoulders slightly lifted while keeping your chin away from your chest. In other words, do not keep your chin tucked into your chest, release it into a neutral spine.
4. When in the plank position (either high or low) tuck your hips slightly under, hold in your abs as if you were laughing, squeeze your inner thighs and keep your head, neck and spine in a neutral position (meaning your back should neither be curved upwards or downwards).
Hi, I'm Lindsey
I have developed these workouts for your own personal use. As always, please consult with your physician before beginning any workout regimen and always listen to your body. Take a break or stop if you are feeling dizzy or lightheaded. Otherwise enjoy, and blessings and health to you all.