Like it or not, your stomach defines you. A toned tummy means saying yes to summer pool parties, spending a day on the lake with friends, and swimming with your kids in the neighborhood pool to stay cool on a hot summer day. A bloated belly means showing up to the party or the lake after the sun goes down, and relying on the splash from a cannonball to reach your chaise, as you keep one eye on your kids and the other on the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.
Octane Athletic Performance sees people from all walks of life enter our gym, and regardless of their current shape or long-term objectives, core fitness is a key component to helping them realize their goals. We zero in on what most consider the most “defining” part of one’s anatomy with a variety of exercises designed to optimize results, closely supervised to ensure proper form and safety.
At the onset of a new private or semi-personal training program, it is common for our clients to ask us about our philosophy on dynamic bending exercises like crunches, versus static exercises like planks (of course, there are variations of each, and many other core exercises in general). Our exercise selection can be best described as a hybrid of those advocated by two of the most highly regarded experts on both sides of the “to crunch, or not to crunch” discussion.
Dr. Stuart McGill is Professor Emeritus of Spine Biomechanics at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Brad Schoenfeld, widely regarded as a “trainer of trainers”, is an international fitness expert and leading authority on body composition training. Both gentlemen are accomplished authors, serve on numerous boards, and share an equally impressive list of international awards to their names.
Dr. McGill, whose studies have been known to include the use of real [pig] spines to test the long-term effects of compression and bending, believes the best core exercises are bridges, planks, leg extensions, bird dogs, and “stir the pot”, which do not require bending the spine.
Dr. Schoenfeld advocates that spinal flexion exercises like crunches, which have long been considered a staple exercise in fitness programs, are necessary to sufficiently work the abdominal musculature and these exercises will differ based on training objectives.
At Octane Athletic Performance, we believe mountain climbers, planks and crunches of many variations positively impact strength, balance, and even posture when done correctly, as part of a supervised regimen. It is also our experience that core strength and endurance are best accomplished by combining compound exercises such as squats, rows, deadlifts, push-ups, and many other exercises (active recovery sets are super effective!), into a program that includes other essentials, like proper diet and sleep.
Our programs are designed to meet the needs of every individual who walks through our doors. We offer something for everyone:
- Private personal training for those who prefer a one-on-one experience.
- Semi-personal training programs for those who wish to experience the journey to better health with individual instruction, while building camaraderie with a small, like-minded supporting cast.
- Online training courses based on your current physical state and goals – lose weight, tone up, get into the best shape of your life, or simply enjoy an active lifestyle. Our programs include exercise routines, proper nutrition and recovery tips in video, audio and written formats, directly to your inbox.
Our goal, no matter what path you choose, is the same as yours – to build a better you. Ask yourself this question: If not today, WHEN? Call 210-781-1888 or find us online at www.octaneathleticperformance.com.