core strength

Programs offered at Lions United

what is core strength?

The ‘core’ is the center of your body, and it includes muscles of your abdomen, back, chest, and hips. Your core is involved in any and every activity that you do.

Core Muscles Include the Following

●       Rectus abdominis (popular six-pack muscle)

●       External oblique (muscles running along your sides) and internal oblique (these muscles lay underneath the external oblique)

●       Transverse abdominis (muscle surrounding the spine)

●       Erector spinae (muscle supporting your back)

●       Multifidus (back muscle supporting your spine)

Your core muscles are the support system of your body as they are involved in every activity as simple as getting out of the bed, walking, or even staying upright. Having a strong core is super important to maintain an erect posture and perform your daily activities. Your core strength is directly proportional to the strength (stability) and flexibility your core muscles can provide.

why is core strength important?

 

YOUR CORE IS YOUR BODY’S ANCHOR

You might assume that all strength is generated by the body parts you engage in physical activity. Really, your core anchors your body. You draw strength for doing activities as simple as stretching from your core. Core strength would thus mean strength for the whole body.

DETERMINES HOW WELL YOU WORK OUT

You cannot build strength anywhere else in your body unless you first work on your core. That is where you will even generate enough strength to do other exercises. A plank perfectly defines the role the core plays. When doing a plank, for instance, the body is not held in place by the feet or forearms but by the core’s sheer force.

TONES YOUR ABS

Now we all know that you cannot lose weight on just one part of your body, like belly fat specifically. To lose fat in an area of the body, you have to work towards overall body fat shedding. Once that is done, you can tone a specific part of the body. Core strength exercises tone the abs, and if defined abs are your thing, you really need to focus on exercises that improve core strength.

WORKS ON YOUR STABILITY AND BALANCE

Core exercises mostly target your pelvic, abs, hips and lower back muscles. These areas are greatly responsible for giving you balance. A strong core suggests that all these areas are working in tandem to give you better stability and balance, not just as you work out but also when doing other physical activities.

REDUCES FATIGUE

Do you get tired after the slightest physical exertion? It could be many things that cause that, but a very common cause is a weakened core. You need a strong core to hold you up without feeling the need to take a break all the time.

INCREASES ENDURANCE

This is here is the reason most athletes do a lot of core strength exercises. They need it to last longer and perform better in their fields. A weak core would only result in injuries, some that are so debilitating and may end a promising athlete’s career.

HELPS WITH POSTURE

Do you slouch? You might have been told to just ‘remember’ to sit upright. But some things require more than just good old memory. Your bad posture could result from a weak core because the core spans the lower back and abs – places that you often exert when you walk or sit. A strong core will help you up better.

RELIEVES BACK PAIN

There are many causes of back pain, like sciatica and a sedentary lifestyle. While the causes might vary, the one thing that everyone agrees on is that back pain is a total bore that anybody could do without. Core strength exercises can help you relieve back pain and lower back pain to enjoy a better quality of life. The fact that it helps you maintain a good posture also plays a role in preventing back pain because back pain can also be traced back to bad posture.

HELPS ACCOMPLISH TASKS

If your job involves lifting, pushing, pulling – all these movements are determined and enhanced by a strong core. But not just these, even if you sit at a desk and type and make calls all day, you will feel very sore after a whole day of doing them if your core is weak.

PASTIME ACTIVITIES

The activities and physical hobbies such as playing golf, cycling, surfing, and volleyball are hugely dependent on a powerful core.

benefits of core strength

The main benefit of a strong core is that it provides balance to your body and prevents falls and potential injuries. A weak core leads to poor body balance and makes your body more prone to injuries and falls. Back injuries have been primarily associated with a weak core. As age increases, the risk of these injuries increases, so our doctors and fitness experts always focus on strengthening your core to eliminate these types of injuries.

IMPROVED PERFORMANCE

Core strength helps to improve your performance as you can do everything more efficiently. Physical performance is boosted up by working on your core and building core strength. A study in runners has shown that runners who did core strength training for six weeks could increase their speed in a 5000-meter run.

PREVENTS INJURY AND PAIN

Strong core muscles prevent injuries by providing better balance and support to your body, reducing the risk of associated fractures and pain. It becomes even more critical once you touch the age of 30.

IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE (QOL)

a healthy and disease-free life determines the overall quality of life. Having core strength typically prevents you from potential injuries and associated suffering, thus enhancing your capability to live a healthy life.

what does all of this mean?

Coach Andy knows the benefits to having a strong core. It doesn’t matter what type of coaching you receive from coach. Your core will always be a main focus of his programming. Coach Andy looks at the long-term result with everyone he works with. Muscles in your body undergo a natural deterioration process in the mid-30s, and by the time you reach the age of 50, muscles have lost significant strength. Therefore, it becomes crucial to train your body, especially your core muscles, to maintain a stable posture and overall fitness. Core muscle exercises train your muscles to work in harmony to improve stability and balance while playing or doing your daily chores. Core exercises tone your muscles and improve their capacity to work. Aerobic exercises and muscle are an essential part of any fitness regime, but core strength is usually neglected while it is the integral component for an overall fitness program.