Sweat Equity (noun)- sustained effort; hard work

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    I'm a school teacher who has a passion for strength and conditioning. Over the years I have gained knowledge from the books, but more importantly through life experience and continued learning. My passion has turned into a side business. I see my responsibility as: 1. developing my trainees' strength throughout the whole body, not parts and pieces, both physically and mentally, and 2. to educate people on proper, effective exercise. If you train with me you will not get a cheerleader, but you will get somebody who will push and encourage you so that you will attain your goals. If you want to whine and not work hard, then find another trainer. It doesn't matter if you are a middle aged housewife or a college athlete-I can get you where you want to go, but only if you want it! If you are interested in training or nutritional counseling to achieve your goals, then please get in touch. Progress, not perfection! -Sweat Equity
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The Core

Posted by Sweat Equity on 03/20/2015

In this day of catch phrases, one of the most popular, yet misrepresented ones is the “core.” Most people hear core and immediately think of the abdominal muscles that are part of the “six pack.” While the “six pack” is  a part of the core,  it is only a small part.  I define the core as the area about 8-10 inches below your beltline to about 10 inches above your beltline.  I am including both the anterior (front) and posterior (back).  You have a multitude of muscles that are involved in stabilizing and moving your spine:  1) obliques (internal & external)-these are the muscles under the “love handles,” 2) transverse abdominis (nature’s girdle)-suck your belly button to your spine and you will feel the TA,  3) rectus abdominis (six pack), 4) all of those small muscles in your lower back that you didn’t know you had til you hurt them-multifidus, quadratus lumborum, iliocostalis, & spinalis. Next, you have to include your hip flexors (hip flexion-responsible for moving your femur (thigh bone) closer to the front of your torso),  gluteus maximus (extends the hip joint/moves femur away from front of torso),  hamstrings  ( responsible for extending hip joint and flexing your knee joint, but the knee is for another day), and one of my favorites-the piriformis.  The piriformis originates at the sacrum (lowest portion of the spine) and inserts at the greater trochanter (upper femur, just below the ball portion of the ball and socket). This muscle can mimic sciatica (that neat pain that radiates from your butt all the way down your leg) if it gets too tight or inflamed. Those are the major muscles involved in the core. Some strength coaches will even include the muscles in the upper back. I have no argument with them, because they are looking at everything that stabilizes the spine. The main thing I want you to take away from this is that the core is far more complex and important than most people realize. All it takes is getting a muscle too tight or overused and you will soon learn that there is much more to your core than a “six pack.” More later on which exercises are most useful.

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