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Want To Tone Your Front? You Have To Work Your Back
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Want to Tone Your Front? You Have to Work Your Back

According to a book written by Dr. Eric Goodman and his co-author, Peter Park, people are working their abs backwards, or more importantly, they are forgetting a key component to their core, their back. The book “Foundation: Redefining Your Core, Conquer Back Pain and Move With Confidence”, discusses the need of people to change some of their exercise thinking. Goodman and Park say that the key to keeping your posture and abdominal muscles strong is having a healthy, strong and flexible back.

Park, a personal trainer and owner of Platinum Fitness has trained Lance Armstrong and says that the moves in the book are meant to augment a regular fitness routine instead of being a replacement for them.The problem with many of the things people do for exercise is that they mimic the movements and postures they adopt during their sedentary day. We sit at the computer, we drive in our cars and then we go to the gym and we ride an exercise bike. Most people do not work on extending their back muscles which leaves them rounded forward and slumped in the shoulders. Park cited Armstrong as a prime example of what happens when muscles in the back are not worked properly. Strong and powerful on his bicycle during the Tour de France and other bike race events, he pointed out that Armstrong often looked “funny” when he was off of the bike.

Neal Pire is the spokesman for the American College of Sports Medicine agrees that the moves discussed in the book are technically mainstream moves but there has never been an entire book dedicated to them as a singular concept. Helping to make the back stronger and straighter can be key to building a solid core.

The core muscles, erroneously described as just the abs by most people, are actually more, including two separate sets of muscle groups, each playing very special roles in the body. The first set is the very deep muscles that stabilize the spine. These are the muscles that help keep our tummies pulled in and our posture held high and straight. The second set is the shallow muscles that allow for movement whether it is flexion, extension or rotation.

Pire recommends a 4:1 ratio for core training meaning for every four exercises done for the front of the body, there should be one that is done for the back. In Goodman and Park’s book, one of the key moves involves standing with the knees over the ankles, hinging forward from the hip joint. Almost all of the moves in the book involve sticking the butt out, working to strengthen the muscles of the hips and butt as well.

Other trainers are quick to echo the sentiment that a strong core is the foundation to all movement, working a number of core moves in to most workouts. Posture and a strong core may be key to staying active and healthy.


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I can agree that for a strong and properly trained core, the abs and the back need to be worked. Great article!

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  about 5 years ago
Gary2  

Another Great Article Cara you are so write is having a healthy, strong and flexible back. Gary

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  about 6 years ago
Carson  

Great article Cara. I've always been an avid gym guy and every professional I've ever met says that you have to balance your muscles. If you see some guys who are HUGE ripped dudes and they look hunched over it's because they do more chest and abs then they do back and shoulders. You have to balance your muscle groups if you want to achieve the best results.

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  about 6 years ago
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