Men and women of all ages have been doing sit-ups for many reasons--their appearance, their health, their posture. They do crunches, reverse crunches, and core stabilization. They do Yoga, Pilates or the latest gym craze to achieve their "abs of steel". Do they know if they are doing them right? Do their gym teachers, coaches or personal trainers know if they are doing them right? Most people do not know the importance of contracting the pelvic floor musculature when performing abdominal strengthening exercises.
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Have you ever watched some of the best athletes in their sport and been amazed at how they move with extraordinary skill, strength and speed? How do they train? What makes them rise above the rest? Many factors are involved in making a good athlete great but a comprehensive abdominal strengthening program can be vital in contributing to peak performance. Often overlooked in general conditioning of an athlete, the abdominal musculature provides stability and protection for the low back, contributes to quality of movement, and aids in prevention of sport injuries.