This Is Why You Need To Train Your Core Muscles

You've probably heard about the "six-pack," but you may not be too familiar with the term “core”. That's because there's more to core training than just having a nice six-pack. . Our core is made of many different layers of muscles including transverse abdominis, multifidus, internal and external obliques, erector spinae, diaphragm, pelvic floor muscles, and the rectus abdominis (THIEME, 2021). Altogether these muscles that made up our core have the function of protecting and controlling posture, stabilizing joints, generating movement, and transferring energy between limbs and between the upper and lower body as well as participating in breathing (Shveyd, 2014).

Core muscle weakness can lead to health problems such as lower back pain according to Dr. Stuart McGill an expert in back pain mechanism and rehabilitation (McGill, 2014). We can optimize our core health through bodybuilding type of exercises but, a great program is designed by taking into consideration variables such as lifestyle and sports. For example, a powerlifter will benefit more from a plank exercise rather than crunches or sit-ups because that specific sport requires less spinal mobility and more spinal stiffness. . Core stiffness is essential for injury prevention, and it can't be optimized through various types of exercises, the most popular being crunch exercise. There are many ways to develop a strong core according to experts including adding an instability/imbalance component to your routine.

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McGill, D. S. (2014, 11 30). Why Everyone needs Core Training. Retrieved from backfitpro: Shveyd, L. (2014, March 03). Core Composition and Function: The Core of 2014 Part 1. Retrieved from functional movement: THIEME, T. (2021, Jan 25). What Trainers Mean When They Talk About Your 'Core'. Retrieved from menshealth: See less

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