Six Pack Abs - Core Strength Training

Everyone knows that strong abdominal muscles can help to prevent lower back injuries. Yet we see a lot of patients who injured their backs while doing abdominal crunches! Not fair you say? Well, we have a better idea. You see, that “six pack” you get from doing crunches comes from developing the rectus abdominis, or superficial abdominal muscle. But real back support comes from the deeper transversus abdominis, or “core” musculature.

Try this exercise instead. The Plank: Gently pull your belly button in toward your spine and keep it there while continuing to breath. Assume a push-up position, with your weight supported on hands and toes, and hold for 30 seconds. You should be able to draw a straight line from your shoulders to your toes. Don’t allow your belly to sag or your bottom to stick up in the air!

Too difficult? Try a hands and knees position. Too easy? Try supporting on your elbows instead of your hands. Or try a plank with your feet on a stability ball. Now that’s fun!

Most of our patients are surprised at how difficult The Plank is. Yet it is safer and more effective than crunches for preventing back injuries.

Let us help you build a stronger core. Call for your exercise training session today - 408-337-0330!

Dr. Pamela Wells is a Chiropractor serving the Sunnyvale California and the surrounding area including Cupertino, Mountain View and Santa Clara.