Dr. Dean Goodman, a practicing chiropractor (website here), asked me:
“I would like to share your core strength video with my patients….many of whom would be quite challenged simply by 15 seconds in plank. Do you have any standing core exercises to recommend?”
I filmed a quick response for Dr. Goodman this morning.
Beginner Core Strengthening Exercises
note: if you’d like some more beginner and intermediate level core strengthening exercises, check out the links in the More Info section below.
Every exercise and movement is made up of individual components. You can always make an exercise easier or more challenging by making very minor changes. Isometric planks are an obvious example of how easy it is to adjust the difficulty level.
The beginner level FlowFit exercises that I demonstrated are all very basic variations of exercises that become more sophisticated in the FlowFit program. With each of the four levels, the exercise sophisticates and becomes more challenging. (Here is an example of some level 3 and 4 exercises from the FlowFit program, click here for video).
Ultimately, we all want to perform sophisticated movements with strength and finesse. And the good news is that you can, one step at a time as you deepen your daily personal practice. Each exercise is built from an easier, simpler version, and if we practice the basics diligently our movement will naturally adapt with each and every practice session. There will come a point when you can pick up new skills rapidly, and apply them with strength, finesse, and ease.
The FlowFit program is an excellent all-in-one exercise DVD. I’ve used it for a long time and I highly recommend it!
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