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HOF: Understanding and Enhancing Your Core Strength

What is the Core?

When someone talks about the core, they're referring the muscles deep within the abs and back, attaching to the spine or pelvis. Some of these muscles include the transversus abdominis (TVA), the muscles of the pelvic floor, the lats and the obliques, just to name a few. These muscles are where movement originates and it's also the source of our stability. Whether you're running, lifting weights or picking up your toddler, these 'core' muscles help keep your body stable and balanced.

With this focus on core strength, the fitness industry has moved towards training the body as a whole, rather than focusing on separate muscle groups. This means incorporating torso training throughout your workout, rather than just doing the usual standard crunches. This type of functional training can be seen everywhere as more people use things like stability balls and wobble boards in their regular workouts

Core training has many benefits including:

More functional workouts that translate into daily life activities
Improved performance in sports
Reduction in the risk of injury
Better ability to function each day
Interesting workouts that challenge you in new and different ways

Adding more functional training to your workouts is a simple matter. Read on to find out easy ways to increase your core strength.

Enhancing Your Core Strength

Incorporating more functional training into your workouts may be as simple as changing or adding new exercises to your usual routine. The following are just some ideas for making your ab/back workouts a little more dynamic:

Pikes on the Ball
Side Plank
Ball Crunch with Med Ball

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