As sweet sweat was pouring from my brow, I was contemplating whether or not to train the ol' one pack, soon to be 4 pack. It's not really like me to spot train abs as I try to incorporate my core in every exercise that I do. And yes I know that it is important to dedicate at least a
couple of exercises throughout the week on abdominals, but I always seem to run out of time.
This morning however, since I was done cardio in record time, I decided to dedicate a few minutes to abdominal exercises. All I have to say about that is OUCH! I didn't think I would get DOMS (delayed onset of muscle soreness) instantly, but I did!!! I know this is because of my neglect on the area, plain and simple! No excuses just facts.
So what exactly did this torturous regime included this morning? The abs wheel; the little wheel pictured in the corner where you are basically on your knees and rolling a wheel out and back. Picture your little Italian grandmother rolling out the dough as she makes you fresh pasta..... Kudos to you little NONNA, your abs and back must be as strong as an ox's. It only took one set and probably on my fifth rep before I felt my abs and back start burning. I continued my training by doing planks (another hated move, but oh so great for you), reverse crunches and weighted pull downs. My abdominals AND back were on fire by the time I was done and I know laughing, crying or bending will probably be very difficult tomorrow (or later today) but I learned a very important lesson, DO NOT NEGLECT YOUR CORE!!!!
How many sets did I end up doing in my core regime, you wonder? Four rounds of 15-20 repetitions and 45 seconds on the plank.
Until next time,
Live from the inside out