Core exercises are an important part of a well-rounded fitness program. Aside from occasional sit-ups and push-ups, core exercises are often neglected. Still, it pays to get your core muscles, the muscles around your trunk and pelvis in better shape.
The muscles of the trunk and torso act to stabilise the spine, pelvis and shoulder girdle. From this solid, balanced base the limbs can be moved powerfully and under control. In fact, before rapid movements of the extremities can take place, the central nervous system stabilises the spine in anticipation. The rate at which the core muscles stabilise the spine may have a direct effect on the power of limb movement.
Core strength training differs from many traditional weight training routines by working both the lower back and abdominals in unison. The same is true for the upper and lower body. All athletic movements incorporate the core in some way. Very few muscle groups are isolated. Instead the whole body works as a unit and core strength training endeavors to replicate this.
What are the benefits of core strength training?
- Greater efficiency of movement
- Improved body control and balance
- Increased power output from both the core musculature and peripheral muscles such as the shoulders, arms and legs
- Reduced risk of injury (the core muscles act as shock absorbers for jumps and rebounds etc.)
- Improved balance and stability
- Improved athletic performance
If Core Stability & Core Endurance is what you are looking for then contact us at Get Fit to find out when the next session will be.
Core stability relates to the bodily region bounded by the abdominal wall, the pelvis, the lower back and the diaphragm and its ability to stabilise the body during movement. The main muscles involved include the transversus abdominus, the internal and external obliques, the quadratus lumborum and the diaphragm. The diaphragm is the main muscle of breathing in the human and so breathing is important in providing the necessary core stability for moving and lifting. It is the action of these muscles contracting together upon the incompressible contents of the abdominal cavity (i.e. the internal organs or viscera) that provides support to the spine and pelvis during movement.