So many of you want more ab work in the beginning of class, and the truth is that after about 75 crunches the abs are exhausted and they punk out on us. Once we get to #75, we do our compression work and then incorporate the rest of the body. We are ALWAYS working our core!
News flash: Countless crunches won't get you the sexy middle that you really desire. Such a single minded approach only firms mainly the front of your mid-section. Moves that also incorporate the back and sides of your torso (your core) do a better job of pulling in the belly, giving you the waist-shrinking benefits of a girdle (this is why we work from abs, to back to barre).
Anatomy lesson: Your core includes 29 muscles from your upper back to the top of your hips. The primary core muscles (spinal stabilizers) are: the rectus abdominus, external and internal obliques, and transverse abdominis (collectively called your abs), and erector spinae to support your torso. Every move that we do starts from our core and we always incorporate other body parts in our trademarked ordered sequences.