I’ve been there. Fortunately, there is such a simple fix. I wish I could shout this from the rooftop so the whole world could hear it.
Because not only would this mean more core strength for everyone, but less back pain! Win-win if you ask me.
I’ll be honest - it doesn’t have a sexy name. But it does have a sexy side effect!
The Pelvic Tuck.
Once you master this bad boy, you can apply it to ANY core exercise so you can actually do LESS reps and get MORE results! Oh, and your back won’t hurt any more either!
Basically, almost 95% of people have what is called an “anterior pelvic tilt”. In other words, their back is stuck in an “arched” position where their butt is sticking out behind them.
While this often correlates with tight hips, it can also easily be re-trained. By incorporating this micro-movement into your workouts, you can maintain a more neutral spine position both throughout the day and during your core exercises! This takes all the pressure off the low back and enables you to truly isolate your core muscles!
Try it now by watching this quick video:
In the beginning, you will simply want to focus on performing the pelvic tuck as a stand-alone exercise to get the hang of it, to increase your pelvic mobility and to start to engage your core muscles.
Then, you can try this one to really get those abs fired up:
Once you master this movement, you can incorporate it into tons of core exercises, especially planks! When you “tuck” your pelvis while doing a plank, you will feel your abs working much harder, and your back working much less!