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There are a few muscle groups that make up the core and they work together to do amazing things for your body. One of the most beneficial aspects to me, for training and targeting the core, is that it will stabilize and balance the rest of your body. This will help you coordinate your body through normal motions, exertion and activity with security and poise.
Increased core strength will also allow for the transfer of power during other lifts or exercises; for example a powerful core will enhance the performance of function movements such as squats, deadlifts and shoulder presses. That being said regardless of whether you are doing barbell squats, pilates or walking your kids to school – working out your core will have a positive effect in many areas of your day-to-day operations. Like other parts of the body there are numerous ways you can train the core.
5 Easy Core Strength Exercises
- Standing Oblique Crunch
- Knee Fold Tuck
- Triangle Press with Hand Weights
- OR Triangle Press with Kettle Bells (get a full core workout with Women’s Health Mag!)
- Prone Core Bridge or Elbow Plank
How can you better train your core?
You can train the core in isolation or with a compound movement; an example of training the core in isolation would be doing crunches or situps whereas performing burpees would be training it with a compound movement. One of my favored ways to train the core in isolation is doing planks and my all time favorite way to train them with a compound movement is doing squats. Which in my opinion squats are about the single best exercise you can do regardless. Having said that, whichever way you prefer training the core, find something you enjoy doing.
The most effective way to train the core isn’t in isolation or with a compound exercise but with consistency; and you will consistently do what you enjoy doing. So try to train the core in a number of ways at first until you find a few things you can groove to on a regular basis.
Cheers and best of health training towards a stronger core!
Disclaimer: Before starting any new diet and exercise program please check with your doctor and clear any exercise and/or diet changes with them before beginning. I am not a doctor or registered dietitian and do not claim to be so.The opinions and experiences I share are my own
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