Fitness can be overwhelming, whether it’s starting a new program or trying a different and new exercise.
“Fitness” is an umbrella term encompassing different types of exercise, such as resistance training, strength training, cardio training, balance and stabilization, and even core strengthening.
When it comes to your core, everyone thinks about their abdomen region (abs). Some individuals may want toned (slimmed/defined) abs, whereas others may want stronger abs.
Keep in mind that your core muscles are supposed to brace your spine for stability. When it comes to working out your core, many think about doing situps or crunches. These movements tend to put unnecessary pressure on your lower back and cause you to use momentum to relieve the pain. Using momentum in any exercise will not effectively strengthen the muscles you want to target.
First, let’s look at what muscles create the core. Those that are bolded in black are the primary muscles we work with when activating the core.
There are many core exercises that do not involve doing a situp or crunch, so let’s discuss a few and the benefit of each:
Core Hip Lift
Standing Oblique Twist
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