Core Stability

Tune-Up Tuesday Episode 29 - Common Ab Rollout Faults

The great thing about the internet is that information gets spread to a large amount of people. When I first started out in the fitness industry, it was not common knowledge that crunches and sit-ups are not the best exercises for your core... or your lower back.  When I would mention this to someone they would stare at me like I was crazy and ask me “What else can you do for the core?"

Today, most people understand that the best core exercises are the ones that challenge the core's position.  Meaning that the core's job it to keep your spine from bending, extending or rotating when external forces are exerted onto the body.

Exercises like planks, side planks, rollouts, body saws, pallof presses, and 1,000 other exercises focus on this. 

The Ab Rollout, in particular, is an advanced core exercise that is often done with poor technique. Many people have a hard time controlling their spines, especially when it comes to limiting extension of the lower back.  This is the number one issue I see with the Ab Rollout.  

Check out the video below to learn proper technique to the rollout and one of my favorite drills to teach you trunk positioning to make your rollouts more effective. 

If you have any question, comments, concerns - let me know. If you found this helpful, please share!

Move Well, Stay Strong.

Tune-Up Tuesday Episode 22: Preventing the Rib Flare Part 2

Last week I discussed how to prevent our ribs from flaring when moving our upper bodies. Today, we will continue these series and focus on the lower body. 

As a recap, when we flare our ribs, it causes us to extend our spines.  When we extend our spines we put excess forces on our spine due to overactive lower back muscles and an underactive core. This lack of control over thousands of reps is what causes lower back pain. 

For the lower body, the rib flare most frequently happens when we try to extend our hips.  This could be at the top of your deadlift when running or swinging a golf club.  Check out the video below to learn how to decrease your rib flare. 

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, let me know!

Move Well, Stay Strong.