The core region is the powerhouse of the body and consists of far more than just the abdominal muscles. Core strengthening should aim to target all of the muscles that support the spine and pelvis. This stabilisation of the spine and pelvis allows for increased power output in all functional activities. It is important that the whole body works as a single unit and the core muscles are instrumental in achieving this.
The benefits of core training include:
Greater efficiency of movement and able to perform daily activities with greater ease and safety
Improved body control, stability and balance
Reduced risk of injury (especially of the lower back area)
Increased power output from the body as a whole
Exercises for Core Strength Training
The majority of core strength training should be performed in a functional manner and therefore generally in a standing position. These exercises will often incorporate dynamic lifting and/ or rotational exercises using equipment such as cables, medicine balls, ropes, etc. Note: Many core strength exercises are performed statically which are ineffective for all but the highly de-trained.
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