Even though we know certain things to be true about the importance of core strength, it is nice to be reminded of why we should incorporate it in our training sessions. I promised my boot camp group that I would do a lot of core on Friday and it got me excited and motivated to make sure I educate them on the many benefits that will come their way. I like to empower clients with knowledge so they will feel confident about exercising. Here is some core basics.
What is Core Strength? Core strength is the balance of the strength of the abdominal muscles with the strength and support of the middle and lower back plus hip flexors helping to ensure proper neutral alignment. It generally refers to the muscles of the lumbo-pelvic region, abs, hips and lower back. The objectives of core strength are good posture, balance, stability and function.
- Objective-Posture-To be able to stand, walk or sit with correct neutral position, with shoulders retracted, hips in neutral, abdominals contracted, and chin retracted. Muscles usually work as integrated groups. Many work by providing opposing, directional, or contralateral pulls at joints to achieve alignment or movement.
- Objective-Balance (Both Standing and muscle balance)-To be able to perform activities of daily living both standing and in motion using the strength of the back and abdominal region while maintaining a neutral position. Balance is a foundational element of exercise.
- Objective-Stability-To be able to safely position or move the body effectively without compromising proper muscular balance of the back and abdominal regions. To promote stability of the core you need to improve the reflexive function of the core muscles for control through the movement and motion and force of distal muscles.
- Objective-Function-To be able to perform and improve doing all tasks safely and effectively while enhancing quality of life.
Lets not forget all of the benefits that come from core strength training. Once you read this list, I'm sure you will be motivated to not to snore through your core workouts.
- Improved body function
- Improved body appearance
- Increased abdominal strength
- Increased back strength
- Improved posture
- Increased stability
- Increased balance-Both standing and muscular balance
- Increased confidence
- Increased quality of life
I'll have all of the above.
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