80% of people suffer from back pain at some time in their lives – are you one of them?
You were moving something a bit heavier than usual and then BAM. You’ve thrown out your back. It hurts, but you’re busy, so you pop an Advil, ice it and get back to whatever you were doing.
Except the pain doesn’t go away.
Instead, it migrates to other parts of your body. Suddenly, your shoulders feel super tight. Then your neck starts to ache after a long day at the computer.
The internet proclaims: “better posture is the cure for back pain!”
So you sit up straight, buuu–uuuut your muscles get tired and you end up in more pain than you started with.
Then the internet tells you to “do crunches and sit-ups – it’s the cure for back pain!”
So you try crunches and it aggravates your neck, long before you ever feel anything in your abs.
Frustrating isn’t it – when nothing seems to actually help?
This is exactly how I felt after throwing out my back and getting sciatica at the advanced age of 20. I was treated like a fragile snowflake in PT and nothing was helping!
…Until I realized the connection between core strength, spinal health and back pain.
Your core, which includes the rectus abdominis, obliques, and transversus abdominis, is at the literal and figurative center of your being. These muscles are not only responsible for keeping your guts in place, but also help you move throughout your day. And every single one of your core muscles is also a breathing muscle (which is important considering that breathing is required for…well…life).
So, if the core is so important and crunches target your core, why is the crunch a waste of time?
It’s because a crunch works one muscle in one direction – and if you were to stand up, that crunch mimics the exact same slouchy posture you’re already in 93% of the day.
You don’t need to perfect the art of slouching – your desk chair already does that for you.
What you do need is a core program that will improve your posture, support your spine, and help you stand tall. For good.
That’s the thing about posture and breathing – once you crack the “code”, every movement you do is great for your core.
When I was riddled with back pain, I wasn’t interested in doing crunches or sit-ups on the floor in my apartment (who is!?) – but I still wanted something that would help me heal from my sciatica and help support my spine during my workouts and as I went about my day.
I know how frustrating it is to be in pain and have to wade through the sea of options (and misinformation!) for core exercises on the internet, so I created something to help you fast track your progress.
I’m teaching a free masterclass all about the best way to build core strength and you’re invited.
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