You may be well accustomed to the development of the glory muscles. Muscles like the chest, shoulders, quads and glutes will always get special attention - but how many people train their core correctly? And what exactly is the core? Did you know that your core is made up of more than just your abdominal muscles, or abs.
Muscle groups of the core
Abdominals. The rectus abdominis is the muscle most people associate with a six-pack. It helps stabilize the internal organs. Known as the corset muscle because of its horizontal positioning, the transversus abdominis is another important abdominal muscle involved in movement and spine stabilization.
Obliques. Located along the sides of the body, the internal and external obliques play a role in spinal protection and rotation.
Back. The quadratus lumborum is a deep abdominal muscle located in the lower back. It extends from the lowest rib to the top of the pelvis. It’s commonly associated with back pain, posture, and mobility issues.
Pelvic floor. The pelvic floor houses organs such as the urethra, bladder, intestines, rectum, uterus, cervix, and vagina. It also includes connective tissues such as hamstrings, hip flexors, and abductors. Together, the pelvic floor muscles and tissues help with sexual health, hip stabilization, urination, bowel movements, and more.
Spine. The erector spinae and multifidus muscles are technically back muscles, but they’re both connected to basic movement via the spine.
Glutes. The glutes are a group of three muscles in your backside that influence hip rotation and extension.
Diaphragm. The diaphragm is a muscle typically associated with breathing, as it contracts and flattens during inhalation and exhalation. Located at the base of the chest, the diaphragm has openings that are also involved in digestive function and blood transportation to the heart.
Benefits of a Strong Core
Having a strong core offers numerous benefits for athletes, desk workers, people who work on their feet, children, and older adults. Core strength is not just for those involved in sports and recreation. It also.......
1. Stabilizes the lower back
2. Enhances flexibility
3. Helps with balance
4. Supports better posture
5. Supports better exercise form
6. Increases stability
7. Makes everyday movement easier
8. Helps to reduce or prevent pain
9. Supports strength training exercise
10. Makes running easier
11. Lowers the risk of lower body injury.
The core is an interconnected group of back, hip, pelvic, glute, abdominal, and diaphragm muscles. Working on core strength has numerous benefits, from improved posture, balance, and movement to pain management and injury prevention.
The AB-solutely Amazing Core Challenge
During the month of May (free to anyone who would like to join) is a 31 day challenge that starts of gentle with only a 5 minute core workout. We work up to the final workout of 30 minutes. There are 2 days of optional cardio and a rest day each week. Click on below button to join or learn more.