Corporate travel and health might seem like inherently conflicting notions, however, this is not the case. You can feel great and enjoy yourself when you travel for business if you adhere to the following:
You may have seen variations on these core toners before but as I’ve formerly mentioned in this challenge, it’s key to make sure that your technique is dead on. You can start practicing these without the pulses if you’re new to them or if they prove challenging for you; then, as you build your strength, add in the pulses. The pulses are what target the small core muscles, which give you true refined ab definition and tone (first we strengthen the bigger abdominal muscle groups and then we refine the smaller ones). Continue reading
*Master this yoga posture, the shoulder stand (sarvangasana), before attempting the exercise below!
Join me to learn how to strengthen your core throughout your yoga practice. Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana) is an excellent posture with which you can play to strengthen your abs. Make sure to have perfected the pose before trying this core exercise(it poses safety risks to the neck and back). If you are still working towards nailing this posture, you might need to be using two folded blankets under your back (just to the tips of your shoulders so that there is space between your neck and the floor) to help elongate your spine and alleviate pressure on your neck. If you have neck, shoulder, or back pain, avoid this ab toner all together. Continue reading
Yesterday I gave you simple straight forward leg lifts to continue to tone your 6-Pack. Today, we are going to build off of the leg lifts by taking them to the side so that we can continue to refine your 6-pack but also work the obliques. Remember, the core is not just the front ab region of the body but runs from the base of the pelvic floor to between the ribs and all the way around the entire body. Continue reading
To kick off the last week of the first JWM Core Challenge (there will be more down the road), I am introducing you to an exercise I did as a young gymnast; my Russian gymnastics coaches loved to throw these sit-ups at my teammates and me, frequently. I’ve always felt that this ab workout is a killer, unless I am in top shape (meaning not coming out of a “time off” abs mode). Continue reading
These simple leg lifts are for all levels. They primarily work the abs below the navel. Whether at the gym, home, outside, or during a yoga practice, I often incorporate leg lifts into my own weekly regimens as well as into those of my clients. Lower ab strength is super important for life in general and all yoga postures, especially as you become intermediate and advanced in your practice tackling arm balances and inversions. Another highlight of working the lower core speaks to women who are working to get their strength back after giving birth. And guys, you might find strong lower abs winning you many more compliments in the sack! Continue reading
Eagle Crunches are amazing ab toners. Make sure to keep your shins in line with your knees and gaze at your hands (tucking your chin in towards your chest will strain your neck and take the work out of your core). You want to round up high enough so that only your lumber spine and below are touching the floor. If you can’t wrap your legs, just keep them together side by side still with your shins perpendicular to your thighs, and SQUEEZE those adductor muscles! Concentrate on hollowing out your core as you come up by drawing your navel back towards your spine. Continue reading
Bicycle sit-ups are no big secret to the world of fitness junkies or anyone for that matter. The issue I see with these, however, is that technique can often be improved for better results. Tone your obliques with me in this video by working up to 2-3 sets of 30 bicycle sit-ups. Make sure that you are not compromising your technique. Listen carefully to the hints, start to see your abs get carved! Continue reading
Keep up your regimen with Day 10 of the Core Strength Challenge. The V Crunch will tone your entire 8-pack! Make sure to lift high enough so that only your lower back is on the floor. And keep your gaze at the ceiling.