Most people would think doing sit-ups on a daily basis is the best way to work your core on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, this is not true. This is like doing bench press or squats on the daily. Eventually the muscles will become incredibly sore & simply not respond to the work you are putting them under. Frustratingly, they will improve quickly, & then stay the same.
So, what is the best way to work your core?
Our suggestion is to do multi-joint or compound movements on a daily, or bi-daily basis, that force you to turn on your core.
Ok, ok, ok. You might be thinking, what is a multi-joint exercise anyway?
Our answer: deadlifts, back-squats, front squats, lunges, bench press, barbell cleans, snatches & the list goes on. These multi-joint exercises automatically turn on your deep core muscles for bracing. Strengthening your whole core, not just the 6-pack abs, will help your overall core strength, and make it easier for you to do other exercises, including situps.
If these all sound foreign or intimidating to you then we encourage you to seek the advice or coaching expertise of someone in your area. They should coach you on proper form & you guessed it, core activation. This is easier said than done.
In addition to multi-joint exercises you’ll want to ensure that you diversify your intensity from day to day. Go hard one day, moderate another & do some active recovery a day or two during the week. Training this way will also keep the body guessing & constantly adapting. Our bodies are intelligent. They want to take the path of least resistance. If it knows what’s coming it will accommodate to make things easier for itself. Keep your body guessing but always keep it fun!!
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