Frank Mikulka's Weekly Fitness Tip
Core Training Helps Prevent Metabolic Syndrome
August 29, 2006

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Iíve been training for over a year now seriously and canít get my abs to look cut. Iíve come to the conclusion that I wonít, so is there any benefit to training my abs? (I give up)

Yes, you still must include core exercises in your workout. Everyone starts out believing that they will get six-pack abs. Because the abdominal region stores fat, often genetically determined, itís not likely to happen. However, strong abs are important for fitness and often predict good health while increased abdominal fat can be a sign of metabolic syndrome, the potential for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. There are important benefits to an abdominal workout other than appearance. In fact, those who did liposuction on their abs region did not reap the health benefits! Thatís why you need to do your abdominals. And when you strength train, make sure to hold in your abdominals tightly to get an extra workout for those abs. A strong core means:

  • Reduction of lower back pain or injury
  • Better external stabilization of the body while working out or doing functional activities
  • Improved posture
After awhile that fat will get around to burning itself off, especially if you include cardio in your program 3X a week and a lean, balanced diet. Youíll get closer to being the best you can be.

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