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TONING ABDOMINAL MUSCLES brings you a new book by Chiropractor Dr Adam Weiss: The AbSmart Fitness Plan


Regaining your strong core muscles is vital after Chiropractic treatment for your ailing back, particularly the deeper transverse muscle, because it is closer to the spine, and thus more effective.

The question though is which are the best abdominal muscle exercises so that you don't simultaneously screw up your back, or your neck. Situps and crunches are probably fine for that small minority who have had no neck or back injuries. For the rest - most of us - there are better and safer ways to strengthen your lower abdominal muscles.

Overview and tips for tummy toning

"Traditional ab exercises can cause back pain, strained muscles and can even cause misalignment."

- Dr Adam Weiss, DC.

The abdominal muscles, or abs for short.

The Ab muscles

Building abdominal muscles means focusing on all these muscles. Because two of them come in pairs, there are really only FOUR to consider.

  1. The TRANSVERSE abdominal muscle - the deepest and thus most important CORE muscle.
  2. The INTERNAL oblique abdominal muscle
  3. The EXTERNAL oblique abdominal muscle
  4. The RECTUS abdominal muscle - the most superficial, the one that you can see prominently on Mr Atlas, perhaps the least important of the four, but most important if all you want to do is impress!

Mr. Atlas and his rectus abdominal muscle.

This is not an anatomy lesson, so we'll run through the other three very quickly.

The TRANSVERSE abdominal muscle

Abdominal muscle exercise is vital if you have a weak back, particularly this muscle which runs (simplified) from the ILIAC CREST and the ribs transversally to the midline.

It's a vital part of the 'pelvic corset' of muscles that hold in the abdominal contents and you use it every time you lift something heavy (note how you take in a deep breath and hold it as you lift: Transversis Abdominis), in a bowel movement and singularly important in labour.

Transverse abdominal muscle.


As you can see from the picture below, this muscle also runs from the ILIAC CREST just below the waist upwards and towards the midline, where it inserts into the lower ribs (and other structures).

It rotates the body towards the hip, and laterally flexes the trunk (side-bends). Exercise for lower abdominal muscles is very important.

The internal oblique muscle.


This muscle also helps to tighten the belly and to rotate to the opposite side. It's really a pretty flimsy little muscle, not unimportant though in the context of toning abdominal muscles.

The external oblique muscle.

Every chiropractor will attest to the fact that s/he regularly treats patients who have injured themselves whilst trying to tone abdominal muscles.

Chiropractor Adam Weiss himself suffered from an early age from back pain (that's how most of us get into chiropractic!) forcing him to adapt and modify his exercise program for the abdominal muscles. Out of this synthesis he has now scripted an excellent book for toning abdominal muscles.

The AbSmart Fitness Plan

The Proven Workout

Lose inches and strengthen your core WITHOUT STRAINING YOUR BACK.

The AbSmart Fitness Plan by Dr. Adam Weiss.

Part One – Getting Started

  1. Why Abs Smart Fitness Works
  2. Why Crunches Don’t Get the Job Done
  3. Preparing to Workout

Part Two - Your Workout: Ultimate Core Fitness

  1. Alternative Moves to building a stronger, firmer midsection
  2. New Twists for Sculpting your Love Handles
  3. Resistance Training to Bring out Your Chiseled Abs

Part Three: Putting It All Together:

The AbSmart Fitness Plan

  1. The Ultimate Core Conditioning Circuit
  2. What to Eat for a Lean and Healthy Waistline
  3. Beat the Bloat for a flatter stomach
  4. How You Eat is Just as Important as What You Eat


Regular exercise, every morning before leaving your bed, that's the best way to make sure you don't end up under the knife. Do it! BACK SURGERY ALTERNATIVES ...


From TONING ABDOMINAL MUSCLES TO MAIGNE'S SYNDROME EXERCISES also excellent for the lumbar corset muscles.

Leg pain and sciatica ...

Kegel Exercises for the Deep Peroneal muscles.

Neck Exercises and Julls Test ...


Physical Therapists providing a Chiropractic adjustment?

Many insurance companies now only pay for physical therapists to provide a chiropractic adjustment; that's in the face of powerful research proving that inclusion of DCs to perform their own technique would save them a good deal of money. One has to conclude that political medicine has gone off on another tack to contain our profession.

It's being successful with some doctors of chiropractic quitting. Others become involved in some dodgy practices, like demanding that patients sign up for a whole year of treatment in advance, in order to stay in business.

In recessionary times, the going is tough when the insurance won't pay.

Is the day approaching for a new Wilk versus the AMA and the insurance companies?

The chiropractic profession has tried hard to stay on the moral high ground; those who stoop to unscrupulous practices need to be exposed and disciplined if we are not to stoop to the low blows that medicine has often resorted to contain and eliminate us.

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