Fit Tip: Cut Out the Crunches
Monday Morning Fit Tip:
FOCUS ON YOUR ENTIRE CORE
Core workouts aren’t just another fitness trend. A strong core, which includes the muscles from your shoulders to your hips, can help prevent or reduce back pain, improve athletic performance and improve posture. Plus, who doesn’t like the look of a tight and toned abdominal area?
Research has shown that crunches are not the most effective exercises for this area – plank is. Try these variations of plank for a stronger, slimmer core!
Hold for 30 seconds on each side. If 30 seconds is too long, try a 5 second break in the middle until you feel ready to take that break out.
Start in forearm plank with your feet wider than normal. Your body should form a straight line from shoulders to ankles. Raise and straighten your right arm, thumb up, and hold for 5-10 seconds. Return to starting position and repeat left. That’s one rep. Try 5-10.
Try to complete 3 sets of these exercises 3 times a week to strengthen and tighten your core! Questions? Want someone to check your form or help you get started? Ask a trainer at the club, we’re always here to help!