This is an abs exercise your doctor will be proud ofâ€¦
Did you know that doctors have a way of checking your core strength during a â€œcheck-upâ€ without asking you to perform any specific exercises?
Hereâ€™s what they do thatâ€™s sneaky, but very revealing:
After youâ€™ve been lying on your back on the exam table the doctor will ask you to sit up, and then they watch closely on how you go about that.
Theyâ€™re looking for whether or not you just spring right up to a seated position without using your arms, or whether you use your elbows or hands to push you up.
Some peopleâ€™s core strength is so weak they have to literally roll onto their side (or stomach) to get back up to a seated position.
So, my question to you is, â€œcan you sit up straight with your legs extended?â€
Give it shot, youâ€™ll either be pleasantly surprised or it may reveal an area where you need work.
If you need some work in the core strength and abs department, I have a great new exercise video for you today that works these specific areas.
Again, this is a fundamental movement of your body that you must master control over.
Hereâ€™s my video teaching you this new abs exercise you can do right at home:
Also, I want to leave you today with a few crucial tips to follow while performing this core strengthening movement:
1. Do not pull your chin to your chest (it will round out your spine)
2. Exhale on the way up and inhale on the way down
3. Keep the stick (weight) pointed towards the sky the whole time
4. Maintain a neutral spine (no rounding or over arching)
5. Keep your legs flat on the ground the whole set
6. Aim for about 10 repetitions (you can always move up in weight)
7. Always stop if you feel any pain
I think youâ€™re really going to enjoy this exercise, and it will without a doubt help you create a flatter, stronger, and tighter waistline.
Enjoy the video and Iâ€™ll be back soon with more helpful tips!
Committed to your success,
Stephen Cabral, CSCS, CPT, NS
Author of Fatlossity, Lose5in7 Weight Loss System
Health Consultant for MTV, NutritionData, Diet.com, MAXIM, Gather, EDGE