If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me “You’re skinny. Why are you on a diet/working out?”, I’d be rich. Yeah, I’m small and appear to be healthy but the truth is that size is no indicator of health or well-being. Nor does it mean everyone under a size 6 will have a flat stomach, toned legs or high endurance. The skinny girl struggle can be just as real as any other. Take my new client, Valencia, for example. She’s always been slender but was having difficulty getting rid of that stubborn belly fat. She’d tried adjusting her diet but what was missing was a targeted assault against her stomach fat with a combination of cardio, calisthenics and high intensity interval training.
Cardio is essential to EVERY workout regimen that includes fat loss. Contrary to popular belief, there is no way to target fat loss. It accumulates all over and it burns all over. Therefore, if you want to lose belly fat, you should use cardio as your main weapon of choice. Once Valencia has begun to burn fat, we can actually see the benefits of all those crunches. Make sense?
Being that Valencia is just beginning her fitness program, we spend a lot of time correcting form. Check pics below. Which one demonstrates correct form? I’ll give you a hint. Check out the difference in her back. A simple directive to “Tuck your pelvis” corrected her elbow and shoulder alignment, her lordosis (excessive lower back curve) and it caused her to extend her heels and fluctuate her weight to the balls of her feet as opposed to her toes.
Form is is important because when you train with poor form, you train your body to do the wrong things and over time, repetitive incorrect form can cause serious injury. Sounds like a given but you’d be shocked at how many people train incorrectly.
Some of the ab and core exercises we did today were:
Hands Free Crunches
For your cardio, try keeping it fun with zumba, taebo, an outdoor run or even the treadmill. Just be sure to work up a healthy sweat before your core/ab work.