It is important to keep the core strong and flexible the stronger your ‘core’ the less likely you are to have back issues and other pain niggles through your body.
So what constitutes core training and why is it so important? I invite you to join my Abtastic classes in Burbage to find out!
What is core training?
The area of the body, which is commonly referred to as the core, is your midsection and it involves all your muscles in that area including the front, back and sides. Basically, think of your core from your torso down to your hips. These muscles allow functional movement in any direction. Keep in mind these muscles protect your spine, therefore allowing you to have a stronger back.
The following muscles are part of your core group:
These muscles work as stabilisers for the entire body. Core training is simply doing specific exercises to develop and strengthen these stabiliser muscles.
If any of these core muscles are weakened, it could result in lower back pain or protruding waistlines. Keeping these core muscles strong can do wonders for your posture and help give you more strength in other exercises like running and walking.
Why Core Training?
Why is this type of exercise getting so important? We are increasingly getting more and more sedentary.
Many of us have office jobs and sit eight to nine hours a day. Add another hour or two of driving time and that adds up to a lot of sitting. Prolonged sitting and no exercise weakens the muscles of your midsection.
Our ancestors didn't need to think about core training because they worked hard from sunrise to sunset doing labour-intensive chores.
It’s important to keep our bodies strong despite the amount of sitting we do each day.
Keeping the torso strong is important because it is the body's centre of power.
Who Is Core Training For?
Core training is for EVERYONE!
Keeping the body's stabiliser muscles strong will not only improve an athlete's performance, but it will help in life's everyday tasks. Bending, reaching and twisting are movements we do every day. It could be picking up a pencil or reaching to fasten the seat belt.
The last thing anyone wants, including hard-training athletes, is to blow out their back by picking up a two-year-old child off the floor. It can happen but if the core is kept strengthened, there's less of chance of sustaining an injury from an everyday chore.
Ten benefits of core training:
1. Tightens the abdominal structures involved in movement and improves the transfer of power to and from the extremities.
2. Teaches the muscles to work together efficiently and effectively.
3. Aids in the prevention of injury.
4. Strengthens and improves the torso’s stabilisation.
5. Can improve respiratory function.
6. Facilitates proper distribution of weight and assists the body in absorption of force and transfer of forces.
7. Means more efficient movement and physical positioning.
8. Improves spinal and postural control while the body is still and in motion.
9. Helps to stabilise and align the spine, ribs and pelvis of a person to withstand static and dynamic force.
10. Tightens and flattens the tummy.
In the Abtastic class we focus on the muscles of the core, largely using matwork, with different types of equipment to strengthen those muscles. The class is 30-40 minutes in duration including a warm up and a cool down.