It can be frustrating to go to the movies and see those actors with rock hard abs being glorified on the big screen. Chances are, you’ve been trying your whole life to have Brad Pitt’s abs, but it doesn’t seem to happen. Fortunately, your favorite Denver cardiologists know that getting Brad Pitt’s abs isn’t an exclusive secret. There is a type of strength training called isometrics that really have the potential to give you the abs of your dreams.
Isometrics literally means joint angle and muscle length do not alter during exercise. What that means is that you perform the exercises in static or stationary positions, attempting to hold a position for as long as you can. If you are familiar with wall sits, those are a type of isometric exercise designed to strengthen your quadriceps. The reason isometrics work so well for your core has everything to do with how those muscles work. Your core muscles, which consist of several muscles beyond your abs, are designed to support your body’s frame, and so they contract very often. Isometrics work all of those muscles, which are necessary for developing a strong core.
So what are some good isometrics to try out? Planks are a good start. This type of exercise works by lying flat on your stomach, then lifting your body so that your arms are laying parallel under your body at 90 degree angles, and your toes are lifting your legs up. By holding this position for as long as you can, you will work your core, arm, and back muscles. And trust us, after just thirty seconds you will begin to feel the pain. Another good exercise to try is glute bridges. This exercise will have you lay down on your back with your legs on the ground at a 45-degree angle. While pressing your heels to the ground, lift your hips so that your torso is lifting towards the ceiling. Make sure you aren’t arching your back. Hold this position for about thirty seconds, then return to your original position. Attempt to do this three times.
There are several other isometrics that you could try in order to tone your core. If you ever want to get a good idea of what isometrics would be right for you, ask your doctor. Just remember, that no exercise regimen is complete without a proper diet. For good dietary advice, visit the Denver cardiologists at South Denver Cardiology.
How To Use This Information
If you want to tone your core as we begin the New Year, fit in some isometrics into your workout routine. After a while, you will be pleased with the results. If you want more information on isometrics and their overall health benefits, talk to one of the cardiologists at South Denver Cardiology, and they will get your right on track.