So what is so important about core training and core strength? Is core training just a fancy way of saying “sit-ups?” Truthfully, many of us think that building core strength isn’t really a big deal—and often cringe at the fact that our coaches include them as part of our training.
According to certified Fitness and Sports Traininer, Mario Contarino, core training is necessary for EVERYONE—NO EXCEPTIONS. There is more to core training than getting a flat stomach. I spoke to Mario about why core strength is so important—and asked him to share some best workouts to help with core training.
What is "Core Strength" or "Core Training"?
The area of the body, which is commonly referred to as the core,
r midsection and it involves all your muscles in that area including the front, back and sides.The core includes the traverse abdominis (TVA), erector spinae, obliques and your lower lats. These muscles work as stabilizers for the entire body. Core training is simply doing specific exercises to develop and strengthen these stabilizer muscles.
Why does core strength matter so much?
If any of these core muscles are weakened, it could result in lower back pain or protruding waistlines. Keeping these core muscles strong can do wonders for your posture and help give you more strength in other exercises like running and walking.
Core training is for EVERYONE! NO EXCEPTIONS !
Keeping the body's stabilizer muscles strong will not only improve an athlete's performance, but it will help in life's everyday tasks. Bending, reaching and twisting are movements we do everyday. It could be picking up a pencil or reaching to fasten the seat belt.
The last thing anyone wants, including hard-training athletes, is to blow out their back by picking up a two-year-old child off the floor. It can happen! But if the core is kept strengthened, there's less of chance of sustaining an injury from an everyday chore.
What are some exercises that help with core strength?
Heavy squats, deadlifts and barbell rowing give the core a challenging workout by themselves, but doing additional abdominal and oblique training helps to alleviate the injury factor. Handling the heavy poundage that are necessary for mass building requires a very strong midsection.
Core exercises strengthen the body, particularly the pelvis, hip, and lower back areas. Some examples of this type of exercise include crunches,
reverse crunches, ball crunches, oblique crossing over crunches, air bicycling, plank, butt lifts, back extensions with ball, and many more.
Mario Contarino is a Certified Personal Trainer at Fitness for 10 specializing in weight loss, conditioning, and resistance and strength training. Mario is an accomplished trainer and lives by his motto: Movement is change. Change is life. Movement changes life.