Core Max is a core based exercise mat that functions as an "exercise system" for your body. The Core Max company claims that you can get sexy abs by working out just eight minutes per day. With each core max total body training system you order you get the fast results exercise chart to chart your progress, a calorie cutting guide, and a workout DVD. You can target your abs, oblique muscles, and secondarily the shoulders, arms, and legs when you use this fully assembled exercise unit.
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- Dual Direction Resistance
Dual direction resistance lets you double your workout.
- Power Assisted Rebound
The power-assistance rebound system gives you support and resistance in both directions so that you can maximize your results and minimize potential for injury.
- Customize Routine
You get to customize your routine using three levels of resistance.
The easily transportable and compact design lets you take it with you on the road.
- No Tools
There are no tools needed to assemble the unit. It arrives already assembled and all you need do is adjust the arms to your desired intensity level.
The unit only weighs eleven pounds which makes it easy to transport. It also folds up into a more compact unit so you can keep it in an office, car, or on the road while you travel.
- Three Levels
The unit offers different fitness levels including beginner, intermediate, and advanced. These three resistance settings can be switched back and forth. You might be a beginner one day, but later have a spurt of energy that allows you to tackle intermediate with ease.
- Chart Progress
You get the chart to monitor progress, and a dietary guide. This is perhaps the most important component of this system, though it is not advertised as such. In the finer print you will find that if you adhere to the calorie cutting nutritional guide and chart your progress as explained in the DVD, then you get results. The company guarantees that you will get results, but does add that results will vary person to person.
- Workout Dvd
The workout DVD is only eight minutes long, which is the eight minutes daily advertised by the company. However there is another fifteen minute workout that you should do too, though they do not say that immediately. In combination these two equal a standard twenty three minute core workout, something you should do each day.
- Limited Weight
The unit can only support up to 220 pounds so anyone heavier than that cannot use it.
- Not for Full Body
The unit targets your oblique muscles, lower abs, upper abs, and middle abs. It is stated that you can target your glutes, arms, shoulders, and legs too when you do the cycle motion while doing core. Bear in mind that you are not getting any resistance from these other exercises, so doing cycling while doing a core workout only intensifies the core workout. This unit does not actually improve the legs or glutes.
How it's Different from Competitors
This unit is allegedly scientifically designed, though there is no further information on what this “scientific design” actually is, how it was tested, or what science is behind it. There are many ab based mats just like this, where you essentially do crunches the entire time, holding the arm handles and pushing yourself up. This unit is different from competing ab based mats insofar as it has the DVD to go along with it, and a nutritional guide on how to cut calories. Cutting calories, or at least getting the right calories, is imperative to actually seeing the results of a core workout.
Tips & Tricks
- Clean it
Clean the Core Max after each use with mild soap and warm water, or with a solution of warm water and vinegar. This will remove any bacteria accumulating from your workout.
- Follow Nutritional Guides
When doing any form of core workout, you need to be cognizant of the fact that your core is the last place fat is burned. So until you have burned fat everywhere else, you won’t see the results you are achieving. This is not to say that you are not making gains, because you probably are, but you won’t see a visible six pack without changing your diet.
Benefits of Strong Core
- Core Function
Your core is one of the most important part of the body, one which helps you complete all of the other work you must do in season and off season. Of course many people think of the aesthetically pleasing six pack abs. However, if you are training to be a legitimate athlete the real key is having a strong core not what your ab muscles look like.
The primary function of your core is to stabilize your body's frame so when you sit, walk, run, or even jump your core is responsible for stabilizing the trunk area. This allows your body to move more effectively and efficiently. If you have a very weak core you will be more likely to overcompensate with another muscle group.
- Avoiding Injury
This shift in your mechanics can cause aggravation to existing injuries or causing new injury. Research shows that having a strong core greatly reduces the chance of injuries in your hips, legs, and glutes.
Your core is also essential for proper balance. Standing on one leg is a simple task in theory but if your core muscles are not strong enough to make sure your hips remain stable. Then you will have the added risk of caving in with your knee and causing injury to your knee.
Stopping in the middle of a run to quickly reverse your direction is an unstable balance movement which requires a lot of force in a very short amount of time.
Core muscles help you to stabilize your spine and your pelvis so that you can maintain your balance when you do these things. Having core conditioning also helps you as an athlete to adapt to the unstable physical demands of whatever sport you were trying to do.
- What Else to Include
A typical fitness program involves weight training, cardio, running, walking and playing various sports. These exercises need not be intense, but if you are looking to build muscle strength and gain muscle mass, you need to train accordingly. Physical fit people can enjoy a healthy lifestyle which can lead towards prosperous life. If you are looking to achieve health and wellness, there are several methods of doing so.
- Being Fit
Being fit can bring about a peace of mind in your life, therefore, you need not take that for granted. It is not only men who look for physical fitness; rather women also train hard to get their ideal body. Physical appeal isn’t the only reason men and women work hard with core.
Self-satisfaction and enhanced personal performance are other reasons which prompt people to hit the ground running, literally or figuratively. In addition, athletes need to be fit to ensure they achieve the required sporting goals. Staying healthy is another reason for which people undergo intense workout sessions.
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