All about the Core

You’ve likely heard a lot about how you should work on your core and that these exercises are an important part of a well-rounded fitness program.

Unfortunately, many people don’t know what that means or why it matters. If you’re one of those people, no problem!

We’re going to give you a quick breakdown of what the core is, why you should care, and what to do to work those muscles out.

What is the Core?

Your core is in your midsection, and it is made up of all of the muscles there, like your

  • abs
  • lower lats
  • diaphragm
  • pelvic floor, and more.

It’s called the “core” because most of your body’s movement originates there. In fact, your core works as the center of stability and balance.

There was a time when ab workouts were all the rage. This was mostly focused on getting the coveted six-pack abs, and it was all about looking good.

In the late 90s, fitness professionals realized that there was much more to the core than abs. In fact, the abdominals are only a small part!

If you’re still seeking that six-pack, don’t worry. Core work gets you there...with extra benefits along the way.

Why focus on core strength?

When you develop your core strength, you:
  • Improve balance and stability
  • Make it easier to do most physical activities
  • Decrease lower back pain
  • Improve your posture
  • Decrease your risk of injury
Working on your core creates a strong foundation for all of your other muscles. This should be something you do at every workout.

Core Workout

Try this core workout. Make sure that you are breathing freely and not holding your breath during the movements. 

Keep your muscles tight when you contract them. You should feel them working.

  • Plank - 30 seconds
  • Side plank - 30 seconds, switch sides
  • V-Ups - 15
  • Russian twists - 15 per side
  • Bird dogs - 15 per side
  • High plank - 30 seconds

These exercises should be done on a comfortable surface, like a mat or carpet. You can make this workout easier by reducing time and reps or harder by increasing them.