If there is ONE thing that stands out about a man in terms of his overall health, strength, fitness and vitality levels – it is his CORE.
Take a man that can bench a horse, for instance. The guy might be strong – but would you call him really fit if he had a massive belly protruding under those massive pectoral muscles?
In “Over the Top”, a Stallone wrestling flick from the 80’s all about arm wrestling they had various types of wrestlers in the movie – and what most of them, or perhaps ALL had in common was that they were all strong.
And something else MOST of them (except Stallone, of course) had in common was a massive belly to go with those huge upper bodies. Take a look at “Bull Hearly” for instance – you might not want to meet him up a a dark alley – but neither would you bet on his heart being the healthiest out there!
A few months ago, in March, to be precise, the weather was warming up in Southern China, and I was out there on the hill exercising.
I was doing a variant of what I mentioned in Eat More – Weigh Less – – a bear crawl routine that will have even the fittest of folks gasping for breath within a few … and as I did this, the old man I’ve met so often in China approached me.
He had just finished his climb, and though the exercise I was doing caused him to stop and watch, and then politely applaud – it wasn’t that he was concerned about.
The first thing he did was to take a forefinger and “poke” it in my midsection.
Rock hard. Not a sliver of fat anywhere. NO jiggles’n’wiggles if you get my drift, and so forth.
“Hmmm!” He nodded approvingly. “Hao hi hao!” (in English, that translates to “excellent”!).
And believe me, while comments like this please me greatly, vanity is the last reason as to why they do.
A strong core, my friends, has more benefits than the external six pack you see – and certainly more than external looks.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s great to look good – or look like a movie star – and all that – but the key thing that counts is your internal health and the strength of your internal organs.
And the more fat you have around your core the less able your internal organs are to get the job done.
Take digestive and eliminative processes, for one. Back when I wasnt exactly the epitome of fitness that I am now, I had plenty of digestive issues.
Issues with being “bloated”. Constipated. You name it – and though I exercised regularly back then, it wasn’t until I really started to carve the fat off my sides and midsection that my health dramatically took a turn – for the BETTER.
I’ve mentioned before that my liver tests used to come back marked in red at a certain point in time.
No more, my friend. All a thing of the past, and all of this without watching my diet a lick if I might say so.
As Paul Bragg I believe it was famously said, “Your waistline is your lifeline. You should never let it get bigger than it was in your prime!”.
What he didn’t mention of course was the reverse i.e. your waistline getting SMALLER as you grow older – and that’s always a good thing, my friend.
‘Tis what you want – ’tis what you should be aiming at well.
Last, but not least, remember that (as I told my daughter the other day) the core is NOT just your stomach – or midsection – and certainly NOT just the six pack either.
The core is everything below your lower pecs until your knees. That includes your thighs, butt, stomach, lower back, sides, the works. Everything in that region.
Get that region fit – and flab free – and you’ll be on your way to super fitness levels in no time flat, my friend.
Hill climbs are a great, great way to do it. So are the exercises mentioned in Corrugated Core – – and Eat More – Weigh less – – BOTH courses you MUST have if you’re interested in any way, shape or form in fitness.
Grab ’em now, and let me know how you do!
P.S. – Believe me, the sheer feeling of INVINCIBILITY that comes from having a sleek, well muscles and functionally strong core cannot be duplicated. You can’t get that feeling from having massive upper arms alone – or from benching the local cow at the gym – or deadlifting a house. NOTHING gives you that shot of uber confidence more than having a core in shape does. And if you don’t believe me, the cover of Corrugated Core should tell you the entire story – – https://0excusesfitness.com/corrugated-core/