This month, Alice takes us be­yond pop­ping abs and gets right to the core…

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...building a killer core

Let’s be clear: I’m not here to tell you that swim­suit sea­son is nearly upon us and it’s time to start work­ing on that six-pack. Granted, some peo­ple might achieve wash­board abs as a side effect of core train­ing (and all power to them), but it shouldn’t be your main goal – and I’m go­ing to tell you why. Train­ing your core is es­sen­tial for healthy and func­tional move­ment – th­ese mus­cles play a huge part in spinal sta­bil­i­sa­tion and ad­dress weak­nesses, im­bal­ances and align­ment is­sues. In short: fu­ture you will thank you if you take the time to truly work it. Some PTS will tell you that com­pound lift­ing is enough to chal­lenge your core, but I think most peo­ple could ben­e­fit from some ded­i­cated core work. Flex­ion (read: crunches) might be most peo­ple’s go-to move, but it’s also the one that gets the most bad press. If you spend the ma­jor­ity of your work­ing day sit­ting in front of a screen, you’re al­ready in a po­si­tion of flex­ion, so head to the gym af­ter work to bash out some crunches and you’re only go­ing to ex­ac­er­bate poor pos­ture. My train­ing meth­ods aim to im­prove over­all move­ment and pos­tural align­ment far more than a sin­gle repet­i­tive move­ment ever could. Try this 15-minute work­out and re­think the way you train your core.

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