Have you ever worked out with a trainer or taken a class where the instructor has told you to “engage your core” and not known what it meant? I used to suck in my belly believing that’s how you engage the core. Working with Justin Senense at Rich Barretta Private Training has taught me otherwise. ALERT: Some of this may be rudimentary for you Lean Girls but it’s worth going over the basics, no?
In this week’s video, Justin shows LGC how to do a proper crunch. In addition to having to relearn how to do squats and lunges, I’ve relearned how to do crunches. Because of this, it takes me ten times longer to do one crunch and my brain screams “what are you doing???” Here are my cliff notes:
1. Your core is more than just your abs. It’s basically your trunk– everything from your pecs down to your butt. This includes your spine, back, obliques and more.
2. When doing crunches, your lower back should not arch. Justin uses the phrase lifting the pelvis. This is the biggest change that I’ve implemented in my core exercises. This aligns my spine so I’m not straining the wrong muscles…especially my lower back.
3. Your belly button should always be aimed towards your spine.
4. The biggest mistake people make is lifting forward. When you do crunches, do you use the momentum to reach your knees? Instead, lift up! UP is key. Justin shows you how to raise your arms and lift up. When raising your arms, make sure to keep them by your ears.
GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment with either your favorite core exercise or leave a question for Justin, and you’ll be entered to win a free session with him at Rich Barretta Private Training. You have until 11:59 pm on Wednesday, April 27 to enter.
Check out the video. I make a nice cameo holding my flip camera 🙂
video credit: gracekelle at leangirlsclub