Engaging Your Core with Justin Senense

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 🙂

Thanks again to popchips and Vital Juice for my New Year, New Rear winnings that included my training sessions with Justin!

video credit: gracekelle at leangirlsclub

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3 thoughts on “Engaging Your Core with Justin Senense

  1. Hi Leangirls, Its Justin from Rich Barretta Private Training Studios. just for further clarification the the core work. To add that extra tension to your core do your best to tilt the pelvis in towards your belly button this will allow your lower back to be flat to the ground. it will also create the “navel to spine effect.” Do your best to retain the position as you do you crunches and leg lifts. This will allow you to truly engage the abdominals by flexing the spine bringing your pelvis and sternum as close together in those specific positions. d not force the range of motion at first if you see that your lower back is raising off the floor. Keep the position and the range will increase as your abdominals strengthen 🙂 Happy Crunching!

    • Had some typos so I fixed them 😉

      Hi Leangirls, Its Justin from Rich Barretta Private Training Studios. Just for further clarification the the core work. To add that extra tension to your core do your best to tilt the pelvis in towards your belly button this will allow your lower back to be flat to the ground. It will also create the “navel to spine effect.” Do your best to retain the position as you do your crunches and leg lifts. This will allow you to truly engage the abdominals by flexing the spine bringing your pelvis and sternum as close together in those specific positions. Do not force the range of motion at first! If you find that your lower back is raising off the floor do not go past that range of motion. Keep the position and the range will increase as your abdominals strengthen. Happy Crunching!

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