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Create Your Core— Abs-n-More

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As a personal trainer, one of the most common questions I hear is “How can I get a flat stomach and see my abs?”  To most people, it seems logical to do sit ups or to buy the newest ab machine on a late night infomercial.  Unfortunately, there isn’t 1 exercise or 1 machine that will give you a flat stomach or allow you to see your abs.  Your ab muscles are always there.  You can’t see them because fat is on top.  Ouch!

How do you get rid of the fat on top?  You eat right and do cardio exercise.  Then why do we even do sit-ups?  To create a strong core!  The fitness industry has coined the word “core” and persuaded the consumer to think that “core” is synonymous for “abs”.  So, when you see a book all about the “core”, you think it’s your next ticket to your visible six pack.  The core is so much more than your six pack (which is actually an 8 pack).

This week, I’ll be sharing all about your core…how to strengthen it, what we use it for, and yes, how to see your abs.  I’m also working on a new “plan” to download from the website that will give you all of the steps needed to get the “core” you need and the “abs” you want.  That should be finished by the end of February!

So what is this “core” we are talking of and why do we need to strengthen it?

Below is a post from guest blogger, Laura Galey, describing your “core” and the awesome benefits we get from having a strong one.

Core – what image does this word represent to you?

Perhaps it means the trunk of a tree. The core of a tree, the trunk, gives the tree not only a way to get its nutrients, but a sturdy system that provides for much of the tree’s strength. The tree grows outward from its core formed by the inner tissue or cambium and the xylem. This type of growth produces seasonal rings in the trunk of the tree.

The nuclear core is the center of the reactor that contains the nuclear fuel and where all the heat takes place. This is the core where the nuclear reaction or fission occurs.

It is also the central part of a celestial body.

Core classes are defined as the basic classes needed to provide a common background of study.

Webster has one definition that is remarkable: a basic, essential, or enduring part.

Maybe your idea of core brings to mind the simple apple. The core of the apple contains five carpals arranged in a five point star containing seeds. The core is strong and prevents the seeds from being destroyed.  It protects.

As I age, I have taken on the shape of an apple. Unfortunately, this doesn’t necessarily mean that I have a strong core like an apple. It just means I have more substance or “rings” than I used to have around my core!

So what is the significance of core as it relates to the human body?

Well, for one thing a strong core allows you to move more efficiently. It can provide the strength to keep going throughout the day without pain or stiffness. It generates energy for the body. It protects the body and creates a center from which all other actions revolve.  The core stabilizes and gives your body balance.

Your “core” is important to the overall well-being of your body.  A strong core means a stronger, more well-balanced body.  So how do we keep our core in shape throughout our lifetime to provide for all these great benefits?  That is what we’ll be talking about all week so sit on your exercise ball and keep reading.

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