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Trainer Tip - August 2017

August 2, 2017

The term “Core training” has been all the rage in the fitness community for a while now. If you are among those asking why this is, and why you should jump onboard with this concept, I am here to shed a little light.

Core Training is simply any exercise that requires you to use your abdominal and back muscles in a coordinated fashion.  As a fitness instructor and trainer, I find myself performing more core strengthening exercises then the average person. Some of the results I have experienced from this  are the following; Stronger Abs, both Rectus abdominis and Oblique muscles, improvement in hip flexor mobility,  better trunk stability and balance, better physical ability to complete everyday tasks, and improved overall athletic ability.

The Core is a huge part of our body including the Pelvic floor muscles, transversus Abdominis, oblique muscles, rectus abdominis, erector spinae, longissimus thoraces, diaphragm, and the gluteus maximus. That sounds like a lot of fancy talk, but basically anything in the trunk area of your body can be considered your core, and to strengthen your extremities (legs and arms), you need to have a strong core.

It would be safe to say that everyone could benefit from including core strengthening exercises into their regular routine.  The best part of most core strengthening exercises is that they can be done almost anywhere, at any time with little to no equipment. Some of my personal favorites are glute bridges, Bird dog repeaters, and V-sits (check out this month’s fitness challenge).  There are literally an endless number of different exercises to strengthen the core. The key is just getting started. I encourage you to try a Pilates, yoga, Core-N-More, ABBS, Flex-n-core class, or to arrange a personal training session with one of our qualified Exercise Physiologists and personal trainers if you are uncertain of how you can safely train your core.

Good luck in your efforts if you see me around please feel free to ask me any questions on this matter.

 

Thanks!

Karyn Linderberry


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