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
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.
Greetings from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It’s my first time here–tough skiing–thank God for my core strength! A strong core is critical for amazing skiing and, of course, everything else. As of today you have 9 core strength exercises I have put up on my website that you can mix and match to create weekly catered programs for yourselves. What I like to do and recommend you do as well, is, to have a couple go-to routines; ones that are familiar to you and easy to bang out, and then a few novel and perhaps more complex ones you can do to either stave off boredom (we love novelty don’t we?) or to further challenge yourselves as you become stronger. Continue reading
Master your balance and grace as you move through life by incorporating my High Lunge Core Strength exercise into your abdominal workouts. This exercise targets the lower abdominal muscles and the muscles along your spine. Learn how to stand tall with strength to take weight off of your vertabrae. This ab workout and the core challenge in total, is not only an amazing way to burn fat, lose weight, look slim, feel confident, and be healthy, but is also an excellent way to prevent detrimental disease like osteoarthritis and osteoperosis. Continue reading
Join me in performing 3 variations of the forearm plank, each designed to strengthen your core. There is something for everyone; whether you are just beginning your core strength journey or are well on your way, you are in the right place! Continue reading