There isn’t really a technical definition for core strength training but we consider it to be a program that includes components of balance & stability, abdominal and lower back work, and all the muscles of the trunk.
A true core strength training program not only uses your abs but also activates all the muscles stabilizing the spine, hips, and pelvis.
The core is your center of power. If you want to generate power for athletics or achieve maximum performance then you will benefit tremendously from having a strong core. In fact, having a weak core can lead to preventable injuries or just reduce your overall ability to perform in general.
A strong, well integrated core can also be good for goals such as injury recovery or even weight loss. The ideal core strength training program will teach you proper biomechanics that will cause you to recover and prevent further injury. Weight loss can result from higher intensity core strength workouts that build more muscle and therefore burn more calories overall.
- Rectus Abdominis
- Transverse Abdominis
- Internal and External Oblique’s
- Erector Spinae
- Quadratus Lumborum
- Psoas Major
While there are other muscles activated during core strength training, these are the major muscles that comprise the ‘core’. Proper core strength training stabilizes the spine in the neutral position throughout every type of movement. When you learn to maintain the neutral posture while performing any type of weight training or athletic movement, you generate the most power in the safest possible way. This translates to keeping your joints (especially the lower back) protected while also using the body as one single unit.