First off, let’s talk about what we mean by “core”. Think of your core as the muscle & tissue that surround and stabilize your spine. This includes your abdominals, obliques (side abdominals), hips, deep spinal erectors (low & mid back), upper back & neck. We can directly train your core muscles through exercises such as planks, heavy carries (farmer, waiter, etc.), back extensions, reverse hyper, GHD work, inchworms & much, much more. Whether it’s directly trained or indirect, EVERY loaded exercise we do at the gym requires a strong, healthy core!
Second, we need to know that we can perform 2 basic functions as human beings:
- Stabilization – ability to resist external forces
- Mobilization – ability to move through range of motion
All life, training and sport activities stem from these 2 basic functions. The better we are at stabilizing core muscles, the better we can move. Weakness in either will always compromise excellence in the other. Excellence at both functions will lower the risk of injury in and outside of the gym. As we know… if you get hurt, you can’t train. No training, no results… Know training, know results (Nerd-Jedi wisdom of the day).
REMEMBER: Building strength and fitness requires consistency, time, and repetition. Lowering your risk of injury through core stabilization training will allow you to lift heavier weights & train more frequently. Training more means more reps over time, and hopefully… more (better) results! So, if you take anything away from this gem of an article, know this: finishing 2-3 workouts a week with core training will only make you better. Give er hell, no one has ever complained of having too strong & muscular of a midsection.