Want a Healthy Back? Stop Training Abs the Old Fashioned Way!
Hi VIDA Members. Back pain is one of the most widespread and prevalent health issues in the US. The truth is, because we sit down in chairs all day, we are likely to experience it on some level. This is due to the forward bend in the spine that is often created that over time causes repetitive compression to the intervertebral discs. This will cause potential pain because doing this long and often enough will start to wear them down, bulge, or break. It is common for people to combat this back pain by building a “stronger core”.
But, I will say that even if you are ever lucky enough to transition to a standing desk at work to alleviate some of the risks for back pain and potential injury from sitting down all day, your methods of building your core strength might be voiding out your efforts. In other words, most people are causing damage to their spines every single day by performing your most common ab exercises. Things like crunches, sit-ups, trunk rotation, oblique crunches, leg lifts, and so one are absolutely damaging to the spine. Think of it like this: when you perform any leg exercise such as a squat or deadlift, it is universally known that you need to keep your spine straight to prevent injury. We know this is the case because it is said EVERYWHERE.
The reality is that traditional ab work like mentioned above actually mimics the very compressive forces you are trying to avoid when doing those leg exercises! You compress the spine forcefully to engage the targeted core muscle group. This done repetitively over time will start to wear the discs out, and thus potentially lead to injury. Or, it can down right cause a slipped or bulged disc, or even something like nerve impingement. Planks are one of the most performed ab exercises that are actually beneficial and safe if performed correctly. But, the key word is “correctly”. So, long story short, to build strength in that spine, learn the correct ways to go about planking and explore other great options such as movement training. I specialize in this type of training and can guarantee that you will gain a stronger core, as well as alleviate much of the back pain you may be experiencing!! Send me an email should you have any questions! firstname.lastname@example.org