First of all, understand that when I refer to your core, I’m not only talking about your abs (although your abs are certainly part of your core).
Everybody thinks they want six-pack abs… I get it. You may be one of those people who suffers through endless sets of planks and situps to achieve your dream of washboard abs. Good luck with that.
Actually, your core musculature extends from your shoulders through your hips, and contributes to sports performance, balance, posture, strength and power, mobility, and longevity.
Here are some of the benefits of core training – and a strong core:
Be a Better Athlete
Core training can improve your performance in virtually any strength or speed sport. A strong core allows you to transfer more power to your limbs, which translates to more powerful throwing, kicking, running, jumping, etc.
A strong core is important – whether you’re an athlete or not – because strong core muscles keep your torso in a more stable position whenever you move, whether you’re playing sports or just doing everyday activities. Core strength helps you avoid injury by making your movements more efficient.
Alleviate Back Pain
Core training can both prevent and control lower-back pain, according to Canadian research. For individuals with back pain, core exercises that emphasize isometric contraction (exercises that keep you still, like planks, side planks, etc.) are good choices. At our facility – in addition to those types of exercises – we also favor rotational and anti-rotational exercises.
Stop slouching! Simply stated, core training can help you stand up straight by improving your postural stability.
Improve Your Agility
Research shows that core training – and improvements in core strength – translates to better performance on agility tests (acceleration, deceleration, change of direction) than traditional body-building moves. At our facility, we focus on training movements – not muscles – for all of our customers, athletes and non-athletes.
Scientists have found that core training can reduce inflammation markers by as much as 25 percent – not far from the result you’d get from anti-inflammatory medications – including enhanced recovery, well-being, and general health.
Mayo Clinic researchers concluded that increased waist circumference is associated with an increased risk of premature death. In a review of several studies, they found that men with waists of 43 inches or larger had a 52 percent greater risk of premature death than guys whose waists were 35 inches or smaller; and each 2-inch increase in waist size was associated with a 7 percent jump in death risk.
Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!