As summer comes to a close, it’s that time again to renew our goals and promise to ourselves of ridiculous abs for next summer. Because next summer we’re going to put them on full display on Instagram, and maybe the beach too.
Not so fast though, abs aren’t just for show. They play a role in virtually every exercise, help dictate posture, and even assist with your heavy breathing mid- and post-WOD.
In fact, developing a strong anterior core can help prevent injuries. One of its primary purposes is to prevent extension. That means not allowing the lower back to overarch or hyperextend. It also helps resist unwanted rotation as well. Think keeping your core tight when doing single arm presses so your torso doesn’t twist awkwardly. In addition, a weak anterior core can lead to shoulder and knee pain if a person isn’t able to achieve or stay in an optimal position due to poor posture.
So how can we help get these crucial muscles stronger? Here are some ideas!
Any variety of overhead presses and overhead carries such as Waiter’s walk, Overhead lunges, or Landmine presses. Some key points to keep in mind include making sure the ribs don’t flare up as you’re performing these movements and keeping those glutes engaged! Some other great options to explore include Deadbugs, Suitcase Carries, Flutter kicks, Woodchoppers, Turkish Get Ups, Plank variations, or Front Rack carries of any sort.
Think beyond the traditional sit up and attack your core from different angles. It may just benefit you in more ways than just having an awesome profile pic of your abs.
Workouts for Week 09.14.15
Monday: BS; Suitcase Carry / KBS / Lunges / KB PP
Tuesday: CGBP / RD; Push Ups / Box Jumps / Pull Ups
Wednesday: RDL; Thrusters / Sprint
Thursday: Snatch DL / HPS; Wall Walks / OHS
Friday: Lunges / Strict Chin-ups; Run / Man Makers
Saturday: GM / Hip Ext.; HSPU / Jumping Lunges / RKBS