Episode 007 – How To Get Abs


Episode 007This episode focuses on abs! But not abs in the way you might think. We break down the barriers, stop repeating and rehashing the same old tips and tricks and truly, as I always aim to do, give you a thought provoking and inspiring conversation. We discuss the deep and superficial muscle system, discover for yourself which is better, strong, flat or efficient abs, as well as demystify the word ‘core’ once and for all. Of course there will be your favorite part some home play to enjoy in your own body and the bodies of the people you work with.

What You Will Learn In This Episode

Abdominal Muscles are located between the ribs and the pelvis on the front of the body. They allow movement, support the trunk and hold the organs in place through the regulation of intra abdominal pressure.

‘Core Muscles’ I would like to argue that we have ‘core muscles’ all over our body, this is called the deep system and its there to balance out the forces that act across our joints! This means that although you do have deep system muscles in your abdominal region, you also have them elsewhere in your spine, neck, hips, knees, shoulders …. You get my point! Anywhere there is a joint, there is a group of muscles which function to provide stability to ensure a different group of muscles can provide movement, strength, speed and power! You can think of them like team A and team B. Neither one is more important but without both teams working together the game of movement is no fun for anyone!

I think of these two systems as needing to work together like opposite sides of a seesaw. On one side of the seesaw you have your superficial system which is responsible for lifting loads, propelling your body through space and maintaining the endurance necessary for a variety of long hold positions. on the other side of the sea saw you have the deep system which is responsible for aligning and balancing the forces around a particular joint, enabling its movement to be both efficient and effective. Neither system in my eyes is more important than the other, your superficial system doesn’t work well without an equally effective deep system, but similarly having a well orchestrated deep system is not much use if your superficial system is not strong enough to do the tasks required of it .

Home Play

Superficial System Ab Exercise = Crunches (Watch how to here)

Deep System Ab Exercise = Pilates Bridging (Watch how to here)

Thank you for listening to episode 007 of the Move Beautiful Podcast, I loved bringing all these insights and valuable pieces of information to you and I hope you have found them as valuable as I have and are now breathing easy!

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About the author: Lana Johnson

Lana, a Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor with 20 years’ experience in the dance and movement world, is driven by the overwhelming desire to help empower individuals to change their total health through efficient movement. She graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and went on to gain her Diploma in Professional Pilates in Studio/Rehab with Polestar Pilates and has since studied and now practices the ConnectTherapy (previously known as the Integrated Systems Model) assisting LJ Lee on her Thoracic and Pelvis courses.

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