Improve Fat Loss By Mastering This Exercise

Anyone that has achieved success in any realm of life understands the powerful quote, “You’re only as strong as your weakest link.” When it comes to fitness and fat loss, this holds true and you must seek out and understand your weakest link to improve and succeed.  In my experience, many times, a person’s “core”, abs and muscles of the lower back, are often the culprit in them not improving.  Even worse, it’s often the culprit in injuries caused by physical activity.  In this article, I’ll go over a basic core exercise. I’ll discuss it’s importance as well as tips and tricks to do it correctly so that your core will not be a weak link. A strong core will quickly help to improve your fat loss and fitness results.  

The exercise you need to master to improve your fitness and fat loss is the Plank!  I know, pretty boring and old school but don’t take this exercise for granted.  This exercise done correctly can be the key to unlocking your full fat loss potential.  
First, doing the Plank and it’s variations correctly teach you to keep your core/abs tight.  Keeping your core/abs tight is important in all exercises but especially in the hard hitting, result inducing, sledge hammers of fitness which are compound multi-joint exercises like the Deadlift , Squat and Overhead Press.  So let’s get into some simple tips to do the Plank correctly. 

First, make sure that you are lined up properly.  When doing a Plank, and any variation of it, line up your shoulders, hips, knees and heels.  Try taking a picture.  There should basically be a straight line connecting those joints.  

I’ve worked with several law enforcement and military personnel and usually, one of their main concerns is being able to do Push-ups.  The secret to doing Push-ups easily is mastering the Plank.  When you look at the Push-up in motion, it’s basically a moving Plank.  

Kim Holding the bottom of the Push-up
To see the importance of the Plank in exercises like the Squat, Deadlift, and Overhead Press, divide your body into three blocks.  One block is your upper body, the middle block is your core, and the bottom block are you legs.  Now, if those blocks are evenly weighted and strong, you can place a fourth block on top with no problem.  But, what if that middle block, is weak and small?  You’ll quickly see that if you place a fourth block on top, the whole structure will be unstable and and in danger of collapsing.   

That fourth block represents an important element in fitness and in my Fat X 101 method.  That block represents weight/resistance used in exercises. Resistance or weight used in exercise is an important variable and plays a crucial role in stimulating your metabolic processes sufficiently to raiser your BMR (basal metabolic rate).  Basically, the more weight that you can move, the higher the tax on your metabolic processes which will help you burn body.

If you have a week core, the size of that fourth block will be limited, and so will be the tax on your metabolic processes.  Use the Plank and it’s variations to help you strengthen your core, the middle block, so that it is not the weak link limiting the effect of that fourth block and holding you back from achieving your fat burning and fitness results.  

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions, or for one on one private/personal training. I only succeed when you do. I look forward to helping you succeed!  

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