One of our Physical Therapists, Danielle Weis, PT, DPT, OCS, was interviewed by WELL + GOOD to discuss overworking the core.

She’s quoted as saying:

Other than this imbalance, Danielle Weis, PT, DPT, OCS, a physical therapist with Spring Forward Physical Therapy, says that doing too many killer ab exercises can lead to delayed onset muscle soreness. “A lot of times people have the mindset of ‘go big or go home,’ or ‘no pain no gain’ and they jump into doing exercises that are too advanced. This can end up causing excessive delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS,” she says. “Over time, doing exercises that are too hard can cause various muscle strains or overuse injuries, as people often overcompensate and perform exercises improperly.”

Proper breathing is also key. “Breathing’s essential during core exercises to maintain appropriate blood pressure levels, use the correct muscles to stabilize and strengthen, and maintain proper respiratory processes,” says Weis.

View the original piece placement on WELL + GOOD.