Absolutely meets with DW Fitness First’s very own Hannah Bright to learn all the secrets to getting a strong core this summer.
Words Helen Brown
WHY IS CORE STRENGTH IMPORTANT?
Our core is the foundation for every movement and a strong core helps with balance and stability. We use our core without even realising when we perform every day activities, from lifting shopping into the car to pushing a trolley around the supermarket – and of course our core is fundamental to all lifts within the gym. Focussing on your core muscles and building them to be stronger will allow you to lift heavier and progress further with your fitness goals.
WHAT ARE THE BEST SIMPLE EXERCISES FOR A STRONG CORE?
Body weight exercises are great and easy to do at home. My favourites include V-tucks, Russian twists, lying leg raises, supermans and the plank. In the gym, I would suggest cable crunches, the pall of press and hanging leg raises.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN TWO OF THESE?
V-tucks: Start sitting and lean back slightly with your knees bent in front. Lift feet off the ground and extend legs forwards while lowering your upper body backwards, keep the core engaged. Return back to the starting position, keeping feet off the ground and repeat.
Plank: In a pushup position, put your forearms on the ground with your elbows lined up with your shoulders. Create a straight, strong line from head to toes
WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO TO FEEL CONFIDENT THIS SUMMER?
Get some guidance on the right diet for your body. You can spend hours exercising but if you’re not eating correctly you won’t see the results. Stay hydrated. Posture can make a massive difference; stand tall and walk confidently.