Sunday, January 12, 2014
So, today was Day 5 of the ChaLean Program and I decided to start with a cardio-based ab-focused workout first and then do ChaLean's Ab Burner. The cardio-based ab-focused workout I chose was Gilad's Abs on Fire and then instead of doing his cool-down, I loaded up ChaLean's workout, got out my exercise mat and got ready.
The workout started with a moving cat/cow stretch which you were supposed to do on your hands and knees. I can't go on my knees due to the two types of arthritis in them so I modified this one by standing and leaning over my bench with my hands on the bench.
And, then I sat on my recliner and slid down to the floor for crunches. I haven't done crunches on the floor since I got RA in 2004. If I need to do crunches, I either do standing ab-work like the Gilad video or I use my stability ball on my recliner (using the ball on the floor doesn't work because it's too hard on my knees).
So, I thought my core was pretty good overall since I haven't "not" being doing ab-work; I've just been doing it the best way I can. But guess what? My core isn't as strong as I thought it was. This was the way I looked through a large portion of the floor work (without the smile):
Oh well. If I keep at it, I'm sure it will come.
Most of the ab exercises were crunch variations but then she moved to a reach and tuck position (Bird Dog), which was once again on hands and knees so I got off the floor and incorporated my exercise bench again. But then, of course, she wanted me to get back down on the floor for the finishing exercises and stretch but honestly, I can't just get up and down as much as she'd like me to so I ended it with the Bird Dog and then did some stretching on my own.
I also found it hard on my lower back lying like that so I'm making a mental note to put a small pillow or rolled up towel under me next time I try these.