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Fit Tip: Start With Ab Work

It seems commonplace to incorporate ab work into your cool down; probably because at the end of a grueling workout it is so nice to lie down. This is assuming you do both a cool down and ab work, but I have faith that you do both.

Here's an idea though, start your workout with abs and core exercises. After warming up, warm up your center with some ab work and feel how this improves your other activities. When you work out, either lifting or doing cardio, you will be better able to stabilize your torso. Feeling connected to your core will not only help your overall form but it will also help protect your back and prevent injury. For instance, engaging your core will help you take that backward sway out of your bicep curls.

Looking for ab work? Try this short, sweet and complete ab exercise video to work your abs. Follow those moves with a few elbow planks to warm up your core. You will definitely feel connected.

When I start my workout with ab exercises, I feel the heat of my center radiating to my limbs and I feel stronger and more efficient. Try it next time you work out and let me know how it goes.


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pixieliciousbabe pixieliciousbabe 9 years
I always feel so much more stable, and stronger after I work my abs. I usually do it around the middle of my work out, and I do think it makes me feel more connected.
Casasailer Casasailer 9 years
I had a professor in a health class in undergrad that said doing abs at the end is bad because if you are doing others weights correctly, you should be engaging your abs the whole time. If you overwork your abs first, you can't keep it up through the rest of your strength training. Just something to think about.
smellen smellen 9 years
i have thought about this in the past. have read stuff about how it isn't good to do ab/core work last, when you are most exhausted. but for some reason, i still tend to do it in that order. tonight is NIA class, but tomorrow on my regular gym routine, maybe i will switch it up for a change.....
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I'll let you know...
ktgrl1818 ktgrl1818 9 years
ill try this 2day
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