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Monday Myth #7! – A 6-Pack is a Healthy Core!

Today the myth is that a six pack equals a healthy, strong core. Most people think that if they don’t have a six pack in their abdomen, then they must not have a healthy core, but this couldn’t be further from the truth and there are many reasons for this. But today we’re just going to tackle one of the main reasons.

There are a lot of exercises that you can do to work your core muscles. The muscles that make up our six pack are only one group of muscles that make up our core, or what’s known as our trunk muscles. So when you do a lot of crunches or sit ups to try to work your core or work your six pack, you’re only working a small piece of your core muscles.

Low back expert Dr. Stu McGill, once said, “Show me a six pack, and I’ll show you a dysfunctional low back.” So working out your core muscles is by no means a bad thing, we just have to work all the muscles in our core and not just do the same movements over and over again that just work the same one muscle. So having a strong core where all the muscles are working together helps us transfer forces in our body, it can help us prevent against low back pain, and it just overall makes you a stronger human being.

We’ll likely have more to say about this one in the near future and we’ll discuss a properly functioning core a little bit further, but that’s today’s myth, that a six pack equals strong core muscles. So now that you know that’s a myth, go tell friend out there and we’ll see you guys next week.

Proper Core Training in Northeast Florida

Our core muscles are a platform to transmit forces effectively from our lower body to our upper body and vice versa. It is about who has a 6-pack or who can do the most sit-ups. We should be choosing core exercises that help create a balanced and more resilient core that improves athletic performance & prevents against injury – not exercises that make us more susceptible for low back pain. 

If you know someone in the Saint Johns, Florida area (Durbin Crossing, Aberdeen, Rivertown, Beachwalk, Julington Creek Plantation, Silverleaf) who is not able to live the active lifestyle that they want because of an injury or pain and could benefit from our thorough approach and comprehensive care, please share this post with them or send them our way!

We are conveniently located in between CR 210 and Race Track Road, near where St. Johns Parkway and Longleaf Pine intersect! Right across the street from Patriot Oaks Academy in the 32259 zip code! Only 4 minutes from Durbin Pavilion! 

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