A Core Workout for Beauty and Health in Monmouth County NJ
Many people think of the abdomen as only the part that shows most when viewed from the front – the rectus abdominis, a muscle whose area stretches from the pelvis all the way up to the solar plexus. But there’s more to a core workout than just this muscle, and while a core workout will certainly help you attain those “washboard” or “six-pack” abs depicted everywhere in advertisements and fitness magazines, the abdomen (“core”) is comprised of four distinct muscle groups, each with its own function in respiration, in vocal projection, in basic body movement and protection of the body from injury during accident or trauma.
A core workout from Underground Gym in Monmouth County NJ has helped many of our clients, in areas as far-flung as Tinton Falls, Fair Haven, Eatontown, and Red Bank, acquire not only beach body beauty but better health, greater overall endurance and improved resistance to injury. Call us at 732-345-8087 today to find out what a core workout from Underground Gym can do for you!
Meaning of a Core Workout at Underground Gym Monmouth County NJ
As previously mentioned, the abdomen consists of four major muscle groups, all made up of skeletal “fast-twitch” muscle fibers — that is, muscle that stretches a long length and can contract quickly into a small area. These groups are known as the rectus abdominis, the intercostals, the obliques, and the serratus muscles. Each group plays an important part in maintaining body health and/or integrity. The rectus abdominis is a group of muscles spanning from one’s sternum to the pelvis, and this is connected with its function, which is to pull the pelvis up towards the torso. The intercostals are located between the sides of the rib cage and serve to lift and drop the ribs (during respiration, for example). The obliques are located at the sides of one’s body and serve to twist and tilt the torso.
Finally, the serratus muscles are located between the front abdominal muscles and the lats, and move one’s shoulder blades back and forth (like when throwing a punch). All of these muscles have specific exercises associated with them (detailed in the next section) and our personal trainers can provide instruction in each of those exercises for a comprehensive core workout. Whether you’re in Rumson, Monmouth Beach, Colts Neck, Holmdel or anywhere else in Monmouth County NJ, Underground Gym is waiting for you! Don’t wait another moment — call today!
Exercises in a Core Workout at Underground Gym Monmouth County NJ
With four separate (but sympathetically functioning) muscle groups to cover, there are four distinct types of exercise that help to build and strengthen the abdominal muscles in a core workout. To work the rectus abdominis, one performs sit-ups or crunches (with or without machine-added extra resistance).
For the intercostal muscles, the pertinent exercise is actually performed with the legs and is often referred to as the “air bicycle.” The obliques are worked with declining oblique crunches or side bends. Finally, the serratus muscles are developed with barbell pullovers and “cable crunches.” Underground Gym’s trainers in Monmouth County are experienced in all of these component workouts and can show you how to perform them safely and to maximum effect — as they have done for clients in Middletown, Shrewsbury, Belford, Oceanport, and the rest of Monmouth County NJ. Start your core workout plan by calling Underground Gym today!
More Benefits of a Core Workout at Underground Gym Monmouth County NJ
In a previous section it was briefly mentioned that the abdominal muscles are all made up of skeletal “fast” muscle, which (as the name would imply) can contract from an elongated strand of muscle tissue to a tight mass of muscle in a small area very quickly. This is extremely important in the case of injury or sudden trauma (such as a car or bicycle accident), as it helps prevent serious, debilitating injury due to hyperextension of the torso. A good core workout not only builds up and tones the visible muscles of the abdomen, it also makes these “fast” muscles even faster, to allow them to react with even greater speed to protect the core of your body
It also has benefits for people who need to project their voice (such as singers, announcers, pitchmen, etc.) and, perhaps most important and most overlooked, it helps make respiration more efficient. Individuals from West Long Branch, Atlantic Highlands, Leonardo, Lincroft and the rest of Monmouth County NJ have enjoyed all of these benefits. Count yourself among them — get a great core workout at Underground Gym! Pick up the phone and call us today!