Abdominal Exercise Explained
I’ve already lost 8-inches from my waist through weight loss and an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery . My goal is to lose an additional 4-inches from my waist. So, I am in search of the best exercises for developing flat, tight abdominal muscles. While many solutions claim to sculpt and strengthen the abdominal muscles, some are ineffective and may even increase your risk of injury.
Thus far, I like this isometric contraction called stomach vacuuming , which work the deep transversus abdominis muscle of the abdomen. Isometric contraction enables you to keep good form with each abdominal exercise. The claims are pretty inspiring, lose 2-4-inches in three-months. I’ll let you know if it works for me.
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Do you know fitness guru Mark Sisson? Mark is the man behind the Primal Blueprint Movement – a healthy low carb lifestyle that some people describe as Paleo with a relaxed attitude . Whatever you call it, I buy into it. Last year I took readers on Mark’s 21-Day Total Body Transformation.
You will recall that I am on a mission to find the best exercises to whittle my waist. To that end, we have explored and now understand the layers of the abdominal muscles and how to use isometric contractions as the basis for all our abdominal routines. Today we look to Mark for instruction on my favorite exercise to work those transversus abdominis: Planks.
Transversus Abdominis are the deepest layer of the abdominal muscles and wrap around the torso from front to back and from the ribs to the pelvis. The muscle fibers of the transversus abdominis run horizontally, similar to a corset or a weight belt.
How to do a Proper Plank
If I have right knee osteoarthritis, do I have to work out my left side as well?
I was recently asked by a patient why he had to work out both sides of his body in physical therapy if only his right knee hurt. I can understand some of the confusion. After all, if your right shoulder were painful and inflamed and required an injection, the medication would only be put at the site of inflammation -- in your right shoulder. You would not be a candidate for a right and a left shoulder injection! However, physical therapy, for the most part, is much different. I'll explain.
There are two basic components to physical therapy -- passive and active. In the passive component, the therapist may apply ice, heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and other modalities to the painful area. For the most part, these modalities are only placed at the site of injury (there are a few exceptions that are beyond the scope of this blog). So, in this sense, physical therapy is functioning si...
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