Here’s a great ab routine to help toughen up your abs. This is a killer routine that I use when I assist at the Muay Thai class at Kombat Arts Training Academy.
Strengthening the core is vital for those with a condition like Ataxia or Parkinson’s. These are both illnesses which affect motor control and coordination. In order to maintain some stability, the core must be made stronger.
Some things to remember:
- Quality over quantity. These reps should be done slowly and with control. To perform a proper sit-up, follow the tempo of 40X0 – 4 seconds down (until your lower back touches the ground), 0 seconds at the bottom, explode up (chest to knees), go right into the next rep. If you can do only do 10 reps properly, it is much better than doing 30 reps wrong.
- Breath. Control your breath. Inhale when you prepare for your rep, exhale on execution of the rep. For sit-ups, exhale when you come up, inhale when you go down.
- Do what you can. Not everyone is at the same level. My routine may be too tough for you. Somebody else’s routine might be too tough for me. You are the best judge of your own abilities, but be honest. It’s alright to start small (say maybe 5 reps or 10 reps per exercise), but if you can push yourself, do it!
There is no rest period for this exercise. If this is your first time doing this and you’re not sure if you can do it, cut the reps and planking in half.
Round 3 (are you getting the idea?)
Round 6 (Final round! Yay!)
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