I haven't met anyone who didn’t want a flat tummy or 6-pack abs. But does this mean you have a strong, functioning core that will prevent injury or pain and improve longevity of life?
Sadly, the answer is no.
Training our 6-pack, aka rectus abdominis muscles, only focuses on the exterior core muscles. While they look great, they’re not the ones we need working to develop core function and true core strength.
Your core is the stabilization center of your body that reacts in anticipation of movement. It’s not considered a 'prime mover' like your arms or legs, but rather works in your subconscious.
You can build definition of the exterior core muscles, but that doesn't mean your internal core system is functioning properly. We need to focus on core function first, because without it, true core strength is unachievable.
Why is this important?
So many women are looking for hard core, tough ‘ab’ exercises to feel as if they are getting the desired mid-section. And, yes you can feel strong and get the exterior muscles looking great. But if you don’t first create a functioning core system from the inside-out, you will be plagued with issues in the future.
Otherwise known as core dysfunctions, these issues are very common after pregnancy (both for C-section and natural deliveries). However, they also creep up on us in the later years. Core dysfunction appears in the form of:
- low back pain
- hip pain
- knee pain
- poochy tummy
- incontinence (most common leaking when you sneeze, cough, jump, run, etc.)
- pelvic organ prolapse (bladder, uterus or rectum press against vaginal wall and descend)
I bet you're wondering - "Will core function create those beautiful abs I've always wanted?"
Trust me when I say let’s focus on function first because you will still build strength and definition in the process.
You don’t have to stop everything, and you don’t have to give up your favourite workout IF you have no known core dysfunction issues AND you take the time to build a mind-body connection to your internal core system.
It takes as little as 8-weeks to create a mind-body connection to your internal core system, and learn core function. Then you can start to build strength and definition.
Where do you start?
The first step is to learn everything you need to know about your core.
I am VERY passionate about this topic, and I wanted to put something together to give you right now! So, I've summarized the most important key points from my bestselling Kindle eBook and created this FREE TOP 5 'CORE' FACTS handout for you. Grab your copy here!
It's time for a brain shift with ab exercises. Let's achieve a functional core first, as it is the foundation for ALL movement and pelvic floor health - that's how we can build the ideal tummy, the right way!