Core Training

All about the core traning. You can find answers to what, why and how...

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. The core includes the traverse abdominis (TVA), erector spinae, obliques and your lower lats.

These muscles work as stabilizers for the entire body. Core training is simply doing specific exercises to develop and strengthen these stabilizer muscles.

If any of these core muscles are weakened, it could result in lower back pain or a 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?

You've probably noticed the big push for core training at health clubs and in many fitness magazines. Many clubs will offer specific classes on core training alone.

Why is this type of exercise getting so much attention? Americans 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 labor-intensive chores.

The fitness industry has recognized this and is trying to show people how to keep their bodies strong despite the amount of sitting we do each day. Keeping the torso strong is important because it is the body's center of power.

Who Is Core Training For?

Core training is for EVERYONE!

Keeping the body's stabilizer 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 everyday. 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.

I recently saw a commercial on TV where a guy with a pot belly is getting something out of the refrigerator. He turns and looks out the window and sees his beautiful neighbor inside her apartment and she's looking at him. He immediately sucks in his stomach. When she looks away he lets it stick out again.

Guys like this REALLY need to step up the core training. They also need to drop a few pounds of fat from the midsection as well. Carrying excess weight around the belly can ruin your posture and weaken the muscle of your lower back. To remove that fat, follow a healthy eating plan and limit your calories and carbohydrate intake.

To speed things up even further, try one of the many ephedra-free fat burners that are available. I like VPX Redline and AST Dymetadrine Extreme.

Benefits Of Core Training!

Bodybuilders especially need a strong core. Heavy squats, deadlifts and barbell rowing give the core a challenging workout by themselves, but doing additional abdominal and oblique training helps to alleviate the injury factor. Handling the heavy poundages that are necessary for mass building requires a very strong midsection.

The added benefit of incorporating a new and challenging workout to your routine can enhance your overall progress by igniting newly developed motivation.

If your training is in a lull, concentrating on exercises for the torso is a good way to spark the enthusiasm once again. Think of yourself as Rocky when he was doing inverted sit-ups in that Russian barn! It makes you want to head to the gym right now doesn't it?

Incidentally, another reason for core training is a beloved side effect that comes from it. That side effect is a dynamic six pack, which gets plenty of attention at the beach!

A ripped six pack also gets lots cheers when you're on a bodybuilding stage also.

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