Want to know the trick to building strong abs? It’s all about the muscle engagement.
Try: Pre-workout muscle engagement
When you’re pushed for time, you want to get the most bang for your buck. Pre-workout muscle engagement is a technique that aims to engage more muscles throughout your workout, which burns more calories and creates a stable base.
How: Try adding the following core and glute activation exercises into your routine:
a. Toe Taps – 20 reps
b. Plank – 1 min
c. Leg Raises – 10 reps each leg
d. Clams – 20 reps each leg
e. Body Rolls – 10 reps
Complete 2 rounds
Why: A strong core will ensure you engage the correct muscles during your training and allow you to build a well-shaped physique.
INSIDER’S TIP: Begin each workout with the routine above and you will be well on your way to a killer core!
Activating these muscles prior to your workout will promote a muscle/ mind connection. This increases muscle fibre activation, improving your lifts and decreasing your risk of injury.
Alternatively, if you are unable to effectively engage your core, try a Pilates class to ensure you have the correct technique to build your base.
Tips by Zana, trainer at Goodlife Health Clubs Prahran.