The abdominal muscles are what stabilize and mobilize your spine and pelvis (the core), so when you fatigue them before doing more complex exercises then you are more at risk of injury, in particular to your lower back. For the best results perform your abdominal exercises at the end of your workout session.
Myth – Doing only abdominal exercises will make you have a wash board stomach
Everyone has abdominals; it’s just the varying levels of fat on top of these muscles that determines what your abs look like. If you are wanting that stomach to look lean and toned then looking at your diet as well as doing cardio exercise is needed in addition to doing stomach exercises. Strengthening your abdominal muscles is essential for having a strong core and helping prevent injury.
The body uses its fat stores so that the last place you gained fat e.g. face/neck, will be the first place you lose it so this may not necessary be the stomach. In fact the stomach may be the first place you put on the weight so you have to get rid of all the other fat around your body before you can reduce the fat from your stomach. Just stick with it and if you have made this decision as a life time thing then you will get there and you will be able to keep it off so that it doesn’t happen again.
If your interested in learning some new core exercises or activating your core please come and see me.