I want to share with you an exercise that I designed a few weeks ago for my clients who are looking to cinch a sexy waist for summer. The exercise is called “Spider Abs” and will directly target the oblique abdominal muscles and the waist. I have been using this exercise with both my San Diego personal training clients and my Ballet Strength clients. Add this exercise to your next workout!
As a Personal Trainer for Women here in San Diego, I come across many different types of clients with very different weight loss needs. Usually the most common trouble area for Women is the abdominal region. Whether you are post-natal, obese, or wanting a six-pack you can benefit from abdominal training. But do all abdominal exercises work for everyone?
Not all types of abdominal exercises are beneficial for everyone.
This is where a lot of trainers go wrong. These are the things that you don’t learn from a certification or book. Through working with different body types and situations, you learn what works best for the client.
For me, it’s like choreographing a dance…you have to see how the client moves before creating the perfect workout for them. Just like a choreographer would not give a dancer a step that they can’t move through fluidly, a Personal Trainer should not give a client an exercise that does not work for their body. Your average Personal Trainer does not have a creative eye for this.
For example; A Woman who is looking to get back in shape after having a child would have a way different set of abdominal exercises than the aspiring Female Bodybuilder looking to get a six-pack. One may focus on the deeper transverse abdominal muscle engagement while the other may do exercises with weights.
Is your trainer giving you nothing but crunches that pull and cramp your neck? If so, then it is time to find a new trainer. Your trainer should be able to design a program for you that efficiently works the areas you are trying to target without doing damage to another region of the body.
So my point? When embarking upon a new abdominal strengthening routine make sure you hire a trusted and proven fitness trainer who is able to create a custom abdominal program for your body’s specific needs.
Committed to Your Health,
Nikol Klein, Certified Personal Trainer/Professional Ballet Dancer