So THAT’S Why My Thighs Burn During Core Work…

So THAT’S Why My Thighs Burn During Core Work…

Do you have a weak core? Don't worry, you're not alone. In fact, if you ask most people (even fit people), they would probably say that their core is also weak. Technically your ‘core’ includes everything from your upper body (shoulders) to top of thigh (hips), not including arms. However, when people are referring to core strength, they are usually referring to their abs or midsection. The hip flexors, located in the front of the thigh, are a large group of muscles that help flex the hip (think bring your knee closer to your stomach). There are several hip flexors, but specifically we are talking about the strongest of the group, the iliopsoas (combo of two muscles), which goes from your lower back, across the top of your pelvis, and to the upper thigh. For most, the strength of this muscle group overpowers that of the abdominals and when doing ab work, the hip flexors tend to take over and compensate for weak abs. This leads to...
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Roll Out!

Roll Out!

The Ab Roll out One of the oldest and most known ab exercises is also one of the most overlooked. Using an ab wheel may look easy, but don't be fooled because this exercise is deceivingly difficult! If you have difficulty doing a full ab roll out, start with a modified version of the exercise: The Walk Out Start in a standing position. Bend at the waist and reach for the ground. Once hands make contact with the floor, walk them out. Try to get as far out as possible before coming back in. Aim to get 2-3 sets of 10-12 before moving on to the next progression. The Swiss Ball Ab Roll out This next progression takes the actual ab roll out and making it easier by having your hands come out higher. As such, the smaller the swiss ball, the more difficult the roll out. Start in a tall kneel Position your hands together and on the edge of the swiss ball closest to you. Push the ball away from you as you drop your hips...
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