Gone are the days of old fashioned sit ups. They have been replaced with safer, more effective and creative exercises like pelvic tilts, forearm planks, bridges and knee pull-ins. But don’t forget your abdominal rotation exercises. These are crucial in developing a strong core. Do you know how many muscles you use to do a rotation? 1? 2? 3?
Here’s a list of the core muscles used:
Now add to that all of the upper and lower body muscles you use when picking up a box, for example, and turn to put it on a shelf.
Your core is made up of numerous overlaying and underlaying muscles that go in different directions. Why? So you can do a variety of movements and be protected. To see detailed illustrations of muscle anatomy check out anatomybodydiagram.com.
Here are three of my favorite rotation exercises. Enjoy!
If you don’t have a barbell, try using a broom stick or pole.
If you are uncomfortable lying on the floor, use a mat or lie on your bed.
If you don’t have access to a cable machine, you can use bands or tubing.