Importance of your core…

Good morning and happy workout Wednesday all ya’ll beautiful people! I’m back!!!

I was sicker than hell… but I’m back! Yes! Today is my first real workout! Wish me luck! LOL!

So for Workout Wednesday, I’m getting back to the core of it. On my second to last Workout Wednesday post I talked the most deceptive ab exercise and gave you a challenge to go along with it.

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Did you take the challenge?

That’s was also an experiment.

I didn’t mention that, whoops.

My hypothesis was that if you Suck-It-Up every day, and add :05 seconds every other day, on day fourteen, you will be able to Suck-It-Up :10-:20 seconds longer than on day 13. I have no idea if my hypothesis will be proven. But the cool thing about this little experiment is, even IF, you can’t hold it much longer on the 14th than the 13th you still win by gaining core strength, which is what I want to talk to you about today.

Unfortunately, that’s right when I got sick, so I didn’t complete the challenge. But I restarted it today! I’m just going to see what happens for the next two week because next week I’m going to teach you how to plank and then the week after we are going to do a plank challenge! Whoop! So excited!

Why core strength is so important. Um… Well… Because you need it for just about everything, you do. Really. Your core connects your upper and lower body so essentially any movement with any part of your body is connected to your core. Everyday tasks like bending over to get your shoes, picking up the baby, even sitting in a chair requires you to use your core. A strong core enhances balance and stability so it can help prevent injuries, it also improves your posture, and will help with back pain. Considering that four out of five Americans suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives this can help you alleviate or prevent lower back pain. (1)

BUT when I say your core I’m not talking about the muscles you can see; six-pack muscles (Rectus abdominis), I’m talking about the muscles underneath those. The ones that keep your organs, central nervous system and spine protected your Transverse Abdominis.

But in order for it to do all those it needs to be strong. The best ways to train your core are using doing the standing vacuum, sucking-it-up, and planks. Yes, there are more advanced exercises but a lot of them you need some core strength already established or the ability to suck in your stomach while doing other stuff with your hands or legs. The 14-day challenge is the perfect place to start. It doesn’t matter if you can only suck-it-up for a short amount of time, it was more than yesterday and it’ll be less than in a couple of days from now and it will prepare you for the next level.

Make sure to stop by next Wednesday a lesson on Planks!

Have a great day!




1. Harvard Health Publications: Harvard Medical School,

2. DisSanto, Bryan. “Plank Your Way To Better Abs With These 5 Variations” Lean It Up, Oct 7, 2012,

Meet Emmy Gatrell

Hi! I’m Emmy, a 42-year-old Stay-At-Home-School-Mom to two teenage boys, nine dogs, and a husband. I write and publish fiction in multiple genres including epic fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, dystopian, speculative fiction, and supernatural horror ranging from young adult through four-flame +18. As you can tell I love all things that go bump in the night ;) I also love food. I’ve published the first five cookbooks of my No Frills Cookbook Series. My first coffee table cookbook TACO FREAKS (52 Recipes and Thoughts about the Best Day of the Week) publishes soon!