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Why Plank? Core Strength and Abs

Why Plank? Core Strength and Abs

Core Strength is So needed for women. We focus on core strength in all of our classes using different exercises such as pilates and other stability equipment like bosus, TRX and active motion bars. But our favorite exercise YOU can do anywhere is a PLANK which is where we start our beginners.

We LOVE planks! We teach planks to our clients starting with modifications on the wall, then knees then the floor, side planks and one leg planks! 

What is Core Strength? Core strength  refers to the strength of deep muscle groups in your abdomen, back, and glutes — the three muscle groups that are essential to supporting your spine and helping you maintain your balance. If what you do involves sitting for a large part of your day, strengthening these core muscles could be more important to your health than you think. Odds are, you aren’t sitting at your desk with perfect posture for hours on end, but strengthening your core could help support your spine and prevent the pain and poor posture that comes from sitting slumped over your desk all day long.

But what most people don’t know is that working your core means more than just your abdominal muscles, but also engaging your glutes and back muscles as well so that the work of supporting your spine is distributed throughout your body. This is especially important for anyone who is top-heavy and strains their back regularly. Fortunately, a full core workout can be much more physically engaging and mentally stimulating than sit-ups.

But why are planks so helpful?

Planks are an essential exercise in working your core. According to Dr. Jinger Gottschall, assistant professor of kinesiology at Penn State University,

“[planks] maintain the stability of the core muscles, which support proper posture by safeguarding an erect position and proper alignment of the spine” and allows for “more three-dimensional activation, from hip to shoulder, whereas the crunch is an isolated move that hits just your abs.”

Planks have many overall health benefits beyond toning your abs, they also help reduce back pain, improve your mood, and increase your flexibility. Because they engage several muscle groups simultaneously, planks can be a bit of a challenge at first but doing them daily will pay off in better posture, the ability to get up and down easier and of course feel more confident about the mid scetions which is a trouble area for most of us women.

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We encourage you to Try our 30 day Plank challenge that starts February 1st 2017  at home and comment on our Facebook page that your did yours here  https://www.facebook.com/SuziMcKeeLiveWellFit/

We have  found that  posting  " DONE"provides you a litlte more accountablity and lets us know you are doing it! 

Remember that YOU are AMAZING and can do anything you set your mind to!

Come learn HOW to plank in our next Beginner Fit camp.

Check the FIT CAMP tab on our class schedule www.schedule.live-well-fit.com 

or call us 806-341-8679  to get more details on where to start. We hold your hand and start slow so you will feel more confident and lose the fear of not being able to keep up.

 

We start our 28 day PLANK Challenge March  1st! Be sure to follow us here and our facebook page!  

 
 
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7 Minute Chair Workout

7 Minute Chair Workout
Our HIIT training classes ( High Intensity Interval Training )  at Live Well Fit,are some of our Ladies favorite classees! The great thing is they can be done at YOUR own level so beginners and advanced women can exercise right next to each other and feed off each others energy and motivation!
 
In our classes, we use the TRX suspension ( ahve 20 units!) , Med balls, Weights and other methods of High Intensity Interval Training but these are a great place to start! All you need is a chair, a wall and your body!

Try these 12 exercises deploying only body weight, a chair and a wall, it fulfills the latest mandates for high-intensity effort.

Even a few minutes of training at an intensity approaching your maximum capacity produces molecular changes within muscles comparable to those of several hours of running or bike riding.

Interval training, though, requires intervals; the extremely intense activity must be intermingled with brief periods of recovery.

 

The exercises should be performed in rapid succession, allowing 30 seconds for each, with 10 seconds rest in-between. Throughout, the intensity hovers at about an 8 on a discomfort scale of 1 to 10.

 

Those 7 minutes should be, in a word, unpleasant. The upside is, after 7 minutes, you're done!

 

to try one of our famous HIIT classe, Pilates Barre, TRX , Daily Burn , Guts and Butts or more contact us here and use our FREE CLASS pass! Beginners welcomeas we cater to them  and women only of course!

 

Check the Class Schedule above!

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"Suzi is a woman on a mission.  She is all about helping all women get fit and live a healthier lifestyle.  Her motivation and expertise cannot be matched.  She truly cares about her clients."
~Cherra LaFleur

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