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Core Exercise Program
|A1 Swiss Ball Lateral Roll||2-4||5-8||Body weight||3-3-3||60 sec|
|A2 2 Arm Pump||2-4||6-8||Body weight||slow||60 sec|
|A3 Dumbbell Arm Bar||2-4||5-7||-2||slow||60 sec|
|A4 Swiss Ball Forward Roll||2-4||4-6||Body weight||3-3-3||60 sec|
"Core In Four" Abdominal Exercises
(A1) Swiss Ball Lateral Roll:
Note: This exercise requires a Swiss ball and a dowel rod
The supine lateral ball roll is an excellent integrative exercise that will challenge anyone - even athletes and advanced exercisers.
Position: Sit on the ball and gently rollout so that your trunk is parallel to the floor. The ball should support your head and shoulders. Your feet should be shoulder width apart. Place a dowel rod across your chest and grip it with your palms up.
1. Slowly slide your right should blade off the ball, keeping the dowel rod parallel to the floor and your hips in a neutral position (do not let your hips drop). As you partially roll off one side of the ball, you will feel the opposite side of your waist and core musculature strongly contract to stabilize your body.
2. Slowly return to the middle position.
3. Gently slide your left shoulder blade off the ball and hold for the allotted time (3 second count).
4. Repeat to roll left and right on the ball for the desired number of reps
(A2) 2 Arm Pump:
The 2 arm pump develops many muscle groups, including the entire core. It also develops flexibility at the same time. The 2 arm pump may look a bit like a dive bomber push up or a hindu push up. It is similar, but if you look closely, you can see that it's not the same.
This movement is like a push up into a low back extension, then the hips are lifted, then the hips are dropped, the chest is dropped to the floor, and the movement is repeated.
Position: Lie flat on the floor or exercise mat with your hands flat and pointing forward next to your body at shoulder level.
1. Gently draw in your belly button to activate your core stabilizing muscles. Slowly push up your chest and arch your back with your head up looking forward. Your lower body should remain in contact with the ground.
2. Slowly push back and elevate your hips toward the ceiling. You head will come down and you will be in a push up position with your pelvis up.
3. Slowly return to the first position and repeat for the prescribed number of reps.
(A3) Dumbbell Arm Bar:
Note: This exercise requires a dumbbell or weighted object.
The dumbbell arm bar (or "arm bar roll over") improves stability in the shoulder girdle and is great for balance.
Lie on your back with a dumbbell in one hand. Place the other arm at 45 degrees to the body toward your head. The dumbbell arm is pointed toward the ceiling.
1. Slowly raise the dumbbell from extended to your side to arms length over your chest.
2. With dummbell at arms length over your body, slowly roll over onto your side (roll toward the open arm side).
3. Cross over your dumbbell side leg, while still keeping your dumbbell arm up toward the ceiling.
4. Roll back over to the starting position and repeat for prescribed reps
(A4) Swiss Ball Forward Roll):
The swiss ball forward roll is a compound exercise involving many muscles and joint structures. It allows you to integrate full body movement while maintaining good form. (note: the dowel rod is not a requirement - it is being used to illustrate proper spine position.)
Position: Set your forearms just below the top of the ball.
1. Gently draw your belly button in toward your spine to activate your transverse abdominis, which aids in stabilizing your pelvis and lumbar spine.
2. Slowly roll out on the ball until you are fully extended. Make sure your arms and hips move together. Make note of when your rectus abdominis starts to contract strongly. This is your stabilization threshold: do not extend any farther. Use this to determine distance as a benchmark for improvement.
3. Repeat for the prescribed number of reps.
"Core In Four" Abdominal Workout Tips:
This routine should be performed every other day (three workouts a week). Don't let the looks fool you - it is more challenging than it appears! Remember to focus on form first. Master the exercise form first before adding weights or reps.
This program was originally designed for my baseball players and other throwing athletes to improve performance and conditioning. A pleasant side effect they all noticed was better muscle development in the abdominal and waistline region! In my opinion, there's nothing better than being more functional and becoming a better athlete while improving the way you look at the same time!
Being that this core program was created for highly conditioned athletes, it was set up as a circuit (sometimes known as a "giant set"), which means all four exercises are done one after another non stop.
This makes it an advanced and highly challenging program, however, if you're a beginner or intermediate (I'm assuming most of my readers are not elite athletes), you can still use this workout. All you have to do is rest 60 seconds between exercises as indicated in the chart above.
If you ARE an athlete or you're highly conditioned, then do this routine with all four exercises in a row (no rest between exercises). Just remember, if you are a beginner, train like a beginner. If you are an athlete, train like an athlete. If you are advanced, train with advanced methods. Always individualize. Never copy someone else blindly.
Train hard, but train smart. And remember, always use good form - especially on abs and core exercises. Enjoy this program and send me an email to let me knowhow it went for you!
Coach David Grisaffi,
P.S. If you enjoyed this workout, then you will love the workout programs in my Firm And Flatten Your Abs E-book. You can get more information on the home page at: www.FlattenYourAbs.net/index.html
About the Author:
David Grisaffi majored in physical education and holds multiple certifications including 3 from the prestigious CHEK Institute: Level II high Performance Exercise Kinesiologist, Golf Biomechanic, and health and lifestyle counselor. He's also certified by the ISSA as a personal trainer and specialist in performance nutrition. David has been a high school wrestling and baseball coach and is currently an independent trainer and strength coach. He has been sought after by some of the top athletes in professional sports including world champion boxer Greg Haugen and professional golfer Michael Putnam. David's ebook, Firm And Flatten Your Abs is anonline best seller which teaches you how develop "six pack abs" while improving strength, function and athletic power at the same time. Find out more on the home page at: www.FlattenYourAbs.net
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