Your Weekly Lesson

Core Foundations, Week 7: Challenge

Congratulations! You have come so far in less than two months. At this stage of our Core Foundations program, you undoubtedly have much more functional strength and have dramatically healed and rebuilt your core. You will continue to build even more strength and reach even greater healing as you incorporate core strength into your everyday lifestyle. This week we begin to address core integration in fitness and give you sample workouts from our Core Smart Fitness Transition Course. Keep in mind, everyone has a unique experience. You may still have rehab to do. You may need more time to completely heal. Our hope is to give you the tools to reach your goals — even if your timeline is different than someone else’s. Don’t give up! Time and consistency do pay off.

    Focus of the Week: Challenge

    Up to this point, we have focused on the rehab and lifestyle portions of core strength and rebuilding. We have given you some initial fitness options, but little instruction, as most of you have simply not had the consistent functional strength to be able to challenge the body with fitness. We believe most of you should be ready now.

    This week we are going to start to challenge the transverse with a transition to Tummy-Safe Fitness™. We are strategic about this transition as we want to be sure you can implement optimal alignment and coordinate your core activation as you start to challenge your body with fitness.  We are including some of the videos from our Core Smart Fitness Transition Course.  We encourage you to try these videos but listen to your body and take your time. We hope you can see how much more connected you are to your core and how being smart about moving back into fitness can be the perfect way to challenge your core without undoing the strength you have already built.

    What To Expect This Week:

    •  Feelings of being stronger, taller, more confident, and more energetic
    • Surprise at how effective and challenging upright core work is in exercises
    • Decreased back pain, pelvic floor issues, and intestinal problems
    • Understanding of how to address pain and tension when it presents itself instead of powering through the pain
    • Ongoing use of posture checks and alignment awareness, especially as you begin new exercises