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3 Distinctly Effective Transverse Abdomen Exercises on The Bosu Balance Trainer

By: Geoff Rubin, Fitness Propelled, CPT/CIFT/TRX II

The Transverse Abdominis is a flat muscle with transverse fibers that form the innermost layer of the wall of the abdomen and ends in a broad aponeurosis. It acts to compress the abdominal viscera and assists in the explusion of the contents of various abdominal organs (as in urination, defecation, vomiting, and parturition).

Body Action: Abdomen compression


  • Linea Alba
  • Superior ramus of the pubis


  • Intercostal nerves T7-T12
  • Iliohypogastric nerves T12, L1
  • Illoinguinal nerve L1


  • Lateral one-half of the inguinal ligament
  • Crest of the ilium
  • Lumbodorsal fascia
  • Inside surfaces of the lower six ribs

Fitness Propelled’s 3 Effective Transverse Abdomen Exercises on The Bosu Balance Trainer

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpzQ_ME8XdM

– Right / Left cross reaches w/ legs planted: 15 repetitions
– Right / Left cross reaches w/ alternating knee tucks: 15 repetitions
– Right / Left cross section pulses: 15 repetitions

Repeat 3 sets.

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  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Human Movement – Lawrence A. Golding

3 Effective Core Exercises on The Bosu Balance Trainer

By: Geoff Rubin, Fitness Propelled, CPT/CIFT/TRX II

So, why use a Bosu Balance trainer? A Bosu trainer is a balance board that can be used with either side up. Both sides of it 1) the inflatable dome or 2) the flat plastic surface provides different challenges for your muscles due to the instability of the surface. This instability forces our muscles to recruit more muscle fibers and expend more energy while engaging in typically stable driven exercises such as squats, curls and core based exercises. When balancing on you the flat side of Bosu exercises might involve squats, pushups, sit-ups and lunges or when stand on the dome you might incorporate free weights for such exercises as arm curls, shoulder presses and core exercises.

Training on the Bosu Balance trainer carries over to your daily life, where balance is affected by motion. The Bosu trains your body for dynamic balance by coordinating the movements of your left hip and right shoulder, similar to the movement you make when walking. When your opposite hip and opposite shoulder move in a balanced manner, you are steady on your feet when walking, running, or playing sports.

Additionally as you train your balance on the Bosu, your muscles and the receptors near them, become more efficient at positioning your body in relation to the environment. Whether you know it or not you’re working on Proprioception which involves the awareness of your body in the space around you.


Fitness Propelled’s 3 Core Exercises on The Bosu Balance Trainer

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wso6NeO_FzY

– Bosu ball sit ups: 15 repetitions
– Bosu ball reach through’s: 15 repetitions
– Bosu ball indiv. knee tucks: 15 r/l repetitions

Repeat 3 sets.


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Bosu Benefits for Muscles by Lisa M. Wolfe

3 Helpful Core Exercises for Runners

By: Geoff Rubin, Fitness Propelled, CPT/CIFT/TRX II

All runners would agree that having strong legs is essential for their sport, but integrating core exercises into your overall routine is a must as you look towards becoming a more competitive runner. Full body, core and hip-focused exercises are a must if you want to stay injury-free and run to your best potential (Jon-Erik Kawamoto).

In a recent study from the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (Gottschall et al., 2013) examined the difference between isolation-type core exercises, like crunches, and compared them to integration-type core exercises that incorporated distal trunk muscle activation, like the pushup plank with alternating knees. The researchers found greater core muscle activation during the integration-type exercises and concluded “an integrated routine that incorporates the activation of distal trunk musculature would be optimal in terms of maximizing strength, improving endurance, enhancing stability, reducing injury, and maintaining mobility.”

 Let’s get started then and integrate some of these helpful core exercises listed below into our own routine.


1) Superman’s

How to: Start lying face down on a matt. Simultaneously raise your arms, legs, and chest off of the floor and hold this contraction for 3 seconds. Tip: Squeeze your lower back to get the best results from this exercise. Repeat about 10 to 15 repetitions with multiple sets.  

2) Russian Twists

How to: Grab a medicine ball, dumbbell, or weight plate and sit on the floor face up. Hold the weight straight out in front of you and keep your back straight (your torso should be at about 45 degrees to the floor). Explosively twist your torso as far as you can to the left, and then reverse the motion, twisting as far as you can to the right. That’s one rep. Repeat 10 – 15 repetitions, multiple sets.

3) Push-up plank with alternating knee tucks (to the abdomen)

How to: Go into the top of a pushup. Brace your abs and squeeze your butt to form a straight line from the top of your head to your ankles. Without moving your body, bring one knee into your chest. Do not round your back. Return the leg to the starting position and switch sides. Repeat 10 – 15 repetitions, multiple sets.


Four Key Core Exercises For Runners – Linzay Logan http://running.competitor.com/2014/07/injury-prevention/four-key-core-exercises-for-runners_41874/4

The Crunchless Core Workout For Runners – Jon-Erik Kawamoto – http://running.competitor.com/2014/06/training/the-crunchless-core-workout-for-runners_78042/3

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Are you obsessed with the look, feel and rewarding feeling of confidence with rock hard ABS?, well you’re not alone. In reviewing a study published by the American Council on Exercise in the May edition of “IDEA Fitness Journal” – ABS! ABS! ABS!, the publication reviews the effectiveness of 16 popular AB exercises. “Tight, well-sculpted abs aren’t just for good looks; they are key to improving core strength, reducing lower back pain and enhancing sports performance” – (ACE – IDEA Fitness).

Obtaining those rock hard abs, can be done in a multitude of ways, however which path of ab exercises leads us to the most beneficial results? The study took a look at, ready for this?, the following 15 AB exercises: AB Circle Pro, Ab Roller, Ab Lounge, Perfect Sit-up, Ab Coaster, Ab Rocket, Ab Wheel , Ab Straps, Yoga boat pose, stability ball crunch, decline bench curl-up, captain’s chair crunch, bicycle crunch, side plank, and front plank. The results of the studies findings were quite humbling. “The research determined that none of the exercise devices or positions elicited greater muscle activation than the traditional crunch, in fact the Ab Wheel, Ab Circle Pro and side/front planks all had much lower activation in the upper rectus abdominis.   They fared the same results when it came to activating the lower rectus abdominis as well. However, when working those external obliques, there were six abdominal exercises that had significantly higher muscle activation.

Well, all this research and what does it all mean? Simply, roll out that yoga mat or find a comfortable spot on the ground and get to crunching….