The core is essential to any workout regimen. All athletes, regardless of the sport you play, needs a strong core and even more important, everybody regardless if you’re an athlete or not needs a strong core for activities of daily living.
The core doesn’t consists of just the abdominal muscles. I know that’s a common thought, but it is a myth and I am here to debunk it! Your abdominal muscles are just one of the many muscles that compose the core. Below are your core muscles:
- Abdominal Muscles
- Pelvic/ Hip Muscles
- Select Chest Muscles
- Lower Back Muscles
- Butt Muscles
The core is so important because it is needed for functional movements. These are movements that you use in tasks everyday- lifting, reaching, going up the steps, standing and many many more. The core is crucial for stabilizing your spine, balance, and having good posture. With a stronger core lower back pain, muscles soreness and injury to the body as a whole is decreased. Athletes have improved performance with a stronger core. One of my clients sings, one of her goals is to strengthen her core because it is affecting her singing…makes sense. When you sing all of your core muscles are activated. Controlling the diaphragm and “singing” from the diaphragm has to happen and that needs a strong core!
This is just a glimpse at why having a strong core is so vital. If you don’t already do core specific exercises, add a few into your workouts. Hopefully you’ll start to notice a difference. I’ve made an effort to add core into my workouts and I can feel the difference!
Eventually I’ll do a video for core exercises, but here is one that you should familiarize yourself with: PLANK!
Everyday plank #plankaday. Start with a time that is low and work up your endurance. Increase in increments of 5 secs. Proper form in plank is CRUCIAL to activate core muscles.
- Elbows directly under shoulders.
- Do not sink you back and butt, if you get tired lift them some do. not. sink.
- Have your body in as flat, as straight as you can go line.
This picture below is a great pic showing all the muscles that a worked doing a plank and proper form. This exercise is exemplary.