Core Envy does not include crunches! Here's why.
Core Envy does not include crunches! Here's why.
Today's featured Core Envy sculpting exercise: Reverse Tabletop. Get ready to feel the burn!
Today's featured Core Envy sculpting exercise: C Series.
Check out this quick video introduction to Core Envy by exercise physiologist and certified personal trainer Allison Westfahl.
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Allison Westfahl's new book Core Envy: A 3-Step Guide to a Strong, Sexy Core features 90 sculpting exercises. Try out these 9 sample exercises to see how they'll work for you!
Most core exercises, especially any exercise that includes "crunch", are not, in fact, going to create the sleek, toned belly you want. So why should we do core exercises at all?
Side Planks are a must-have exercise when it comes to strengthening the core because they recruit so many muscle fibers.
What’s the most effective method for burning up that spare tire? Cardio workouts. That’s right—going for a run will actually do more to burn off abdominal fat than banging out 500 crunches. While the core exercises found in my Core Envy program will likely get your heart rate higher than the core work you’ve beenRead more »
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Today’s featured Core Envy sculpting exercise: Sliding Series. Learning to stabilize the torso while moving your limbs is an essential part of functional core strength. This exercise keeps the body stable while the upper arms slide (or tap) forward and back. Allison Westfahl’s Core Envy will tone and sculpt your abs, back, stomach, and sides—andRead more »
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Today’s featured Core Envy sculpting exercise: Hip Bridges. I love this exercise because it works the gluteals and the muscles on the back side of the core while being easy on the knees. It’s quite common to feel the quadriceps attempting to do all the work during this movement, so try to focus on releasingRead more »
One pound of fat is equal to 3,500 calories, so for every pound of fat you want to lose, you need to create a caloric deficit of 3,500. Based on what we know about calories in versus calories out, this deficit can’t be achieved in a day, or even a few days. To put itRead more »
Today’s featured Core Envy sculpting exercise: Twisting Side Plank. If you’re already using the Core Envy program, you were introduced to Side Planks in the Balance & Isometrics routine, where you learned how to set up the fundamental Side Plank pose and hold it for a given amount of time. In this exercise, you’ll callRead more »
It might come as a shock that the Core Envy program does not include crunches! I’ve intentionally omitted crunches because they don’t utilize a significant percentage of your core musculature. While it feels like you’re working hard when you’re 70 reps into a grueling round of 100 crunches, you are predominantly working a single muscleRead more »
Today’s featured Core Envy sculpting exercise: TVA Activation. The transverse abdominis (TVA) is the deepest of the abdominal muscles, and most of us don’t put it to good use. A strong and well-functioning TVA will improve posture, support your low back, and increase power output to your limbs. The first step to building a strongRead more »
A few years ago I worked with a woman who was very concerned about building her abdominal muscles back up after two pregnancies. I immediately noticed how rounded her shoulders were and that her posture was making her stomach stick out enough that you might begin to wonder if she were still pregnant. She lookedRead more »
A good core workout works a lot more than just your ab muscles. When I talk about the foundation for your core, I’m not referring just to the intricate musculature beneath your abs. Your glutes and hamstrings are also involved. These muscles are traditionally categorized as “lower-body” muscles, but they serve a dual function inRead more »
The term “burn” has been associated with exercise for a long time: Feel the burn, burn away fat, calorie burn, burning muscles . . . the list goes on and on. We all want to feel that the exercises we are doing are effective and worthwhile, and that burning sensation we get while doing aRead more »
Most traditional core exercises are not scorching a lot of calories. You can do crunches all day long and see no change to the fat you store around your midsection because your heart rate isn’t high enough, which means you aren’t burning calories at a significant rate. Again, it might feel as if you’re workingRead more »
We all store fat in different areas of our bodies; women with pear-shaped bodies tend to store more in the hips and thighs, while women with apple-shaped bodies store more in the abdomen and upper arms. When you want to reduce fat in a specific area of your body, it would seem reasonable to doRead more »
Core Envy breaks the “female workout code” with a radical new approach that works. Let’s say it’s January and you’re fired up to lose some holiday weight and get in shape. Or maybe it’s April and you’ve just realized that swimsuit season is just around the corner! If you had to decide how to getRead more »
Are you satisfied with your toning program? If so, that’s great news. But if you haven’t been getting the summer season results you want, why not take a look at Core Envy? Exercise physiologist and certified personal trainer Allison Westfahl offers a closer look at how her Core Envy program works in this video. Allison’sRead more »
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