core strength and stability
Recently I have been approached by a few people who need stronger cores for various reasons. These reasons have included:
The L Sit is a very difficult core exercise. I mean it, it's really hard to do. You need a lot of things working well for you if you want to be able to do it. Things like:
- Strong stomach muscles
- Strong legs
- Flexible hamstrings
- Strongs wrists
- Good sense of balance
In this way, you might consider the L Sit to be an example of a Keystone Ability.
So that's a bit of a click baity title, huh? Anyway, here is my video playlist showing you the best core exercises known to man or woman, and all the details of how to do them properly, without looking like a numpty.
I'm planning on adding more of these tutorial videos to this playlist while I'm in rehab. It should update in real time, so you will always see the latest additions below.
Let me know what you think!
You can find part 1 of my article on Core Strength and Stability here:
Part 2 coming next week with some exercises I find among the best for your core. Check back soon!
Each month, we hold a special FLASHmob Fitness Assessment. This is simply 5 standard exercises that we can replicate each month and record the results.
I've been spending the last few months working with Joan, who has been in a wheelchair for a long time. The goal has been to help her stand and re-learn how to walk. And that is the important bit...she needs to relearn how to walk. How do you teach someone how to walk? Is it just a case of "put one foot in front of the other?" At first, I thought it was as simple as that. But I now know, if you do that you will fall over. There is a hell of lot more to it than just that. Just some of the things you need to do include:
Over the last year or so, I have worked with a few people who are, for various reasons, been confined to a wheelchair. Each person has their own specific training needs, but a common factor between them (and a lot of the general population also) is a need to strengthen their "core" body muscles (the girdle of muscles that stabilise and support the spine and body).
For any human being, sitting for prolonged periods of time can weaken these muscles. And with weaker stabilisers: