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CORE STRENGTH: The “Anatomy” of Investigating Abdominal Exercises

Olson, Michele Ph.D., FACSM, C.S.C.S.

ACSM'S Health & Fitness Journal: July/August 2013 - Volume 17 - Issue 4 - p 8–15
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e318296bfa3


* To learn about electromyography (EMG) and how EMG has been used to measure abdominal muscle activity in more popular abdominal exercise practices, including Pilates, yoga, and standing abdominal maneuvers.

* To see the extent to which these forms of exercise may or may not be effective for enhancing abdominal strength and fitness based on the available EMG research.

Pilates, yoga, and standing exercises have become increasingly popular in fitness, training, and conditioning. However, do these top-trending abdominal techniques provide an appropriate challenge to the abdominal muscles? See how exercise scientists, using electromyography, determine the answer to this important question

Disclosure: The author declares no conflicts of interest and does not have any financial disclosures.

Michele Olson, Ph.D., FACSM, C.S.C.S., is a professor of Physical Education and Exercise Science, a fellow of ACSM, and the director of the Scharff-Olson Kinesiology Laboratory at Auburn University Montgomery in Montgomery, AL. Her research interests and publications include testing and validating popular exercise activities in terms of their energy cost and muscular activation.

Disclosure: Author declares no conflicts of interest.

© 2013 American College of Sports Medicine.