2. Why does it have a Code Name: H.P.H.G.?
Well my friends, the secret lies between your legs ;).
A few posts ago we were talking about kegels and why they are so good for us for so many reasons! Well now, we are expanding on the kegel and bringing it smack dab into the middle of your workout! As we covered in our previous post the Kegel exercises (tightening and releasing the muscles you use to stop your flow of pee) are miracle workers when it comes to prevention and treatment of many common health issues such as urinary incontinence that happens as we age. Read more on Kegels here.
Your pelvic floor musculature could be described as a hammock of interwoven muscles made up of sphincter and sling muscles.
Theresa Freeman, one of our powerhouse Seward Park Booty Camp Trainer teaches her campers about these muscles incorporates them into most core exercises. Theresa explains that when we don’t activate our pelvic floor muscles we let our bigger muscles take over which in the long run reduces our core strength and ability to support our spine.
And the code name?
As a quick and easy reminder Theresa started calling these muscles “Hold Pee, Hold Gas” to remind campers of the full pelvic floor sensation of the muscles we want to engage. Some campers didn’t like this name and instead started calling it H.P.H.G. And this name stuck! There you have the birth of our code name.
So next time you are doing any core exercise like a “chair” sit, try to H.P.H.G. and see how much more stamina and stability you build with this new secret weapon!