Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Core Burning Pyramid Workout

I work up this morning planning on prepping my blog for tomorrow, but instead I'm sitting outside on my patio, drinking my iced coffee, watching my dogs wrestle, waiting for little Chlo to wake up and putting together a workout for today. Well if I'm thinking about a workout I plan on doing later, why not just share it today right? So instead of being ahead of myself, here I am in the here and now writing. I have a habit of doing that. I think I write better and enjoy blogging more in the here and now. I don't have my posts perfectly scheduled. I don't always think of what to write about ahead of time. I just seem to go with the flow. And today's flow is a workout. It is workout Wednesday afterall!

Today I have a great core workout for y'all! Working your core is so important, but there are TONS of misconceptions about building your core and core exercises.

  1. You have to be doing specifically ab work to work your core. WRONG! If you want a solid core workout, it helps to include your whole body. Sit ups and leg raises are great for defining your abs, but if you're looking to burn fat and tone, strength training plays an important role in calorie burning. 
  2. You should work your abs everyday to see progress. WRONG! Abs are the same as any other muscle in your body. Working them out everyday doesn't allow time for your body to repair the damage done to muscles after each workout. Remember that muscle soreness is a sign that your muscles aren't full recovered yet.
  3. You can reduce ab fat by specifically working your ab muscles. WRONG! This is called spot reducing and it isn't possible. As much as we want to work a specific spot in our body to make that extra fat go away, it just won't work. You body decides where to put the fat and then where to burn the fat when it's in a calorie deficit. 
  4. Your nutrition doesn't play a role in muscle definition. WRONG! Have you ever heard the expression, "Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym"? Nutrition plays a huge role in ab definition. Genetics generally decides where your body is going to store fat, and for the majority of us, that is in your midsection. This makes it so much harder to see ab definition when a layer of fat is over the top. In order to get rid of the fat, you have to work on your nutrition. Eating the right foods and bringing your body to a calorie deficit are the keys to burning off fat. {There is so much more I could add to this, but I don't want to get on a soap box. Let me know if y'all are interested in learning more about nutrition and fat loss!}
Now that I have that out of the way, here is what I have for y'all today! All you need is some space, a mat and a set of weights. 



Feel free to challenge yourself to using your more! You can hold them at your shoulders or by your sides while doing the high knees or squat front kicks. You can also change up the standing side crunch to be a side crunch, opposite side dip holding a weight in one hand.

Alright, there you have it, the tools you need to get a workout it today! You know that some part of you wants to give it a try! If you're a beginner and think these numbers may be too much for you, knock them down. Feel free to cut the numbers in half or do a modified version of the exercises. (ex. alternating lunges instead of jumping.) There's always something you can do to make it happen! Feel free to comment here or e-mail me if you have any questions!

Happy Workout Wednesday y'all!
Do you have any questions about working your core, building your ab muscles, or other common core misconceptions?


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