I’ve said before that FORM IS EVERYTHING, and FORM comes from the core, a strong, engaged core. Building your core strength stems from proper posture (FORM) with all exercises AND doing day-to-day activities. When you’re checking out at the grocery store, stand up straight, shoulders back, and squeeze the core. Next time you’re sitting in the car, sit up straight, shoulders back and squeeze the core. Simple, right? Make this a habit, and you’ll build core strength without even realizing it!
If you still don’t follow me, here’s something that may help: I don’t do crunches. I don’t do exercises that single out the abs. WHY? Because the abs are a VERY small muscle group, and since they are the “core” to every muscle movement in your body, engaging the core in other exercises is most effective. I do a lot of weight-lifting and resistance training (body weight exercises), all that stem from the core.. I squat squeezing my glutes, quads and core. I deadlift, fully engaging the hamstrings, back and core. I always make sure my posture is in check, and ENGAGE THE CORE. (NOTE: Squeezing the core and focusing on form also prevents injury, because you always want to put exercise safety first!)
So next time you’re wondering why all those crunches may not be working, think about incorporating a little core focus into your larger muscle group workouts & every day activities. You’ll be surprised by the “effortless” core strength progress that starts to show.