One of the trepidatious things about getting into corrective exercise is the marketability.
(People’s imaginations are weird.)
Par exemple, let’s say you want Hugh Jackman’s sixpack.
Assuming that your nutrition is in check, and your bodyfat percentage is low enough that you can see the dang things, the only way you’re going to get what bodybuilders call “definition” is through mindful, multilayered training.
The base level is core conditioning. Think of it as a personalized starter set: basic ab work is a process by which you’re connecting with and getting to understand the capacity of your abdominal system.
If it feels uncomfortable, even intimately awkward (these are your behind-closed-door muscles, after all), then you’re doing it correctly. Your organs will be happier for the attention.
Once you’ve mastered the ability to Kegel your way through the vacuum holds and Valsalva maneuvers, then you’ve established to your body that you can control those specific muscles in a direct, dynamic manner. Holding the neurological “on/off” button to your abs is the first step to using them in an effective manner for larger, and/or loaded movements.
Now, integrate the dynamic. That could start with deadbugs, for ab/limb coordination —
— and progress to hanging leg raises, once the surrounding muscles are strong enough.
So what happened here?
You used corrective exercise to accumulate the neural pathways that you would need for the larger, more aesthetically-oriented movements.
You essentially “corrected” your head and organs first, then your body.
Long story short, if you want to fix something on the outside — or even just enhance it, Mr. Jackedman — you have to invest in the internal work first.
“Corrective exercise” doesn’t have to mean there’s a problem. But it will always be your solution.