The Truth Behind Your Abs
Here’s why I’m telling you to ditch your preconceived notions about your abs: when you really understand how they function, you’ll see why the conventional way of training them doesn’t work.
For starters, many people believe that great abs result from “prime mover” exercises like crunches, leg raises, etc.
Unfortunately, this belief doesn’t reflect the true function of the abs or the core, which is to stabilize.
You see, your “abs” consist of much more than just your six-pack. In fact, your abdominals should be viewed more globally, to include your entire core region: extending from just below your chest all the way down and around to your glutes.
This corset of muscle not only gives people a defined, tight core, but also stabilizes the spine and disks, protecting them from unnatural bending or twisting.
Pallof Press Benefits
See why getting a toned, sleek belly involves much more than just working the muscles in the front of your stomach?
To truly tighten up this area, you need to be working the entire core, which includes the deep inner muscles hiding beneath your abs, your obliques, your low back, and upper glute area.
When you do this, you’ll notice that your entire trunk region will become tighter – not just the front region of your abdominals.
So how can you even work all of these muscles if “standard” ab exercises aren’t enough? While I have a whole collection of my favorite ab exercises (you can see them all in this post), right now I want to focus on one of the absolute best core exercises – the Pallof press.
It Works the Core of Your Core
The beauty of the Pallof press is that it challenges and strengthens the stabilization action of your abs. That’s because when you do this exercise, it forces your core to resist the rotation or compression of your spine, which forces your entire core to engage.