If you exercise, you've probably spent time working your abs and focusing on building core strength. Core training is a relatively recent addition to the exercise world, leaving many of us wondering: What is core training and what does it do for you? For one thing, working your abs in a more dynamic way, meaning getting away from traditional crunches, can make them stronger in all the activities you do each day.
What Is Core Training?
The purpose of core training is to strengthen the muscles that stabilize your body. Crunches only work your abs in one direction while targeting your rectus abdominis. That's fine, but what about your other ab muscles?
Core training involves keeping torso in place while taking your limbs through different movements (just like you do in real life). This allows you to work on the secret stabilizer muscles of your abs and back--something you don't get from plain old crunches.
- Targets all muscles of your abs and back
- Helps strengthen your muscles to better support your spine
- Puts the focus on posture
- Works on upper and lower back, hips, butt, inner and outer thighs and hamstrings...just to name a few
- Exposes your weaknesses so you can work on them
- Can help get rid of frequent back pain
With core training, form is critical. When you get started, keep your abs tight and your back straight...if you feel your back arching, stop and rest before you continue. The purpose is to strengthen your core and you can't do that if you're cheating. Now it's time for your Dynamic Ab Workout.