There was a fire in my belly. A burning, raging fire. Engulfing my insides, radiating from my core to my heals to the top of the head.
As I performed the dynamic boat pose at the end of the barre class, I was consumed by the feeling in my core. It was a feeling of work done and a feeling of work that needs to continue. It was a feeling that I need to take seriously my promises to myself to focus on my core and strengthen it.
A strong core is important for everyone and every body - it's you're center, a foundation and is key to many movements. For me, I believe that it's especially important. An engaged, stronger core will improve my running, yes, help me with balance during Bodypump lunges and bolster my confidence as a personal trainer.
So, for the month of January, I am committing to five minutes of ab exercises six days a week. On the other day, I will perform a tabata-style workout that will incorporate plyometrics that recruit the abs.
And I'm inviting you all to join me. Each Monday, I'll post the week's five exercises (each performed for one minute) and the opportunity to link up. The tabata workout for the week will be posted on Thursday. The workouts will build on each other week to week for variety and to build strength.
Need an incentive? One reader will win a fabulous prize supplied yours truly. It will include but will not be limited to: a pair of SmartWool socks, Nuun, headbands from Prairie Sun Yoga and Clif bars. The winner will be selected via comments on the weekly posts - comment today that you are participating and let me know how you are doing each week.
To make it easier to keep track, here is a link to a calendar. Print it out and check off the workouts each day!
Now, for the exciting part - this week's exercises! Do each exercise for 30 seconds and repeat the circuit twice. Don't feel obligated to do these exercises every day - the goal is just to find 5 minutes to work on the core.
Pelvic tilts with bent-knee march
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