Last week, I posted the first video in our core strengthening exercises series. If you missed it, check it out here.
Today’s core strengthening exercise video is all about training rotational movements. The first thing that may come to mind is the oblique and the serratus anterior muscles (the little finger-like muscles on the sides of your ribs) – but practicing rotation involves a host of muscle groups. Each exercise I teach in this video is full-body in nature, and that’s how I recommend you approach core strengthening exercises. Train all of the body, all the time.
Here is a video with three different core strengthening exercises.
Rotational Core Strengthening Exercises by John Sifferman
You’ll want to go easy with the spinal rotation exercises at first, especially if you exercise in the morning (while your spinal column is still releasing fluids stored during sleep). Don’t try to force extra rotation of the spine, and only allow your body to go into ranges of motion that will not risk injury. Use your intuition and know your limits. Think of these exercises not only as core strengtheners, but also as a means of improving your mobility and relieving residual muscle tension.
Your Question of the Day is: What have you done this week to ensure you stay on track with your training goals?
To your health and success,
P.S. Stay tuned for the next core strengthening exercises video article where I discuss a better alternative to abdominal crunches.
P.P.S. You can learn some of these exercises in more depth from Scott Sonnon’s FlowFit DVD program.