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What exactly is "core strength" or "core training?"

Core training does two really important things -- it helps you look thinner, and it supports your spine and helps with things like balance. Core muscles are connected to your legs, to the way you stand, squat, sit. It’s not just about the abdominal muscles, but also training your back, your glutes, and the entire area that connects to your spinal cord and helps your body support your spine, so that the burden of supporting your body weight isn’t just placed on your bones.

The core is actually made up of three sheaths of muscles: The upper abs, the side muscles, which are called the obliques, and then this very deep layer of muscle. Those deep muscles are the ones that do all the good stuff, like support your spine and act as a natural corset—so when you work them not only do you get a flatter stomach but a tighter stomach. It also helps prevent injury during sporting activities. CORE STRENGTH is VITAL AND IMPORTANT!!!! 

 

Core Strength Exercises

Abdominal

 

Crunches                     Situps

Janda Crunches           Planks

Flutter Kicks                Toe Touchers

V-Ups                         Spider Crawls

Cocoons                      Supermans

 

Oblique

 

Landmines              Decline Oblique Crunch

Side Planks             Bicycles