Promoting the new by burying the old
By the time NROL for Abs hit bookstores in January 2011, my rebuilding project was more or less complete. Thanks to a combination of mobility work, core training, and good old-fashioned lifting (along with surgery to repair my hernia), I felt better than I had in years, and looked okay by my own standards. (I won’t pretend I’m the best judge of that.)
I had forgotten about those tests of core strength that I described at the beginning. But when the subject came up recently, I decided to give them another shot. It had been at least three years since I’d done my last sit-up.
I got down on the floor, with my legs straight, heels close together, arms extended overhead. My goal: a single sit-up without twisting, jerking, or lifting a leg off the floor. It was so easy I stopped to double-check the article to make sure I was doing it correctly.
Back down on the floor, I knocked out 10, and probably could’ve done more. The results, I’ll admit, surprised me. Three years’ worth of stability-focused exercises had not only helped me get back qualities I’d lost to injuries, they had improved my ability to do sit-ups, a quality I wasn’t deliberately training.
That is the strongest argument I can make for Alwyn’s approach to core training, and for the program he created for NROL for Abs.
So tell me again why so many people are still doing crunches?