Core conditioning and abdominal conditioning have become synonymous in recent years but the abdominal muscles alone are over-rated when it comes to real core strength or conditioning. In reality, the abdominal muscles have very limited and specific action. The "core" actually consists of many different muscles that stabilize the spine and pelvis and run the entire length of the torso. These muscles stabilize the spine, pelvis and shoulder and provide a solid foundation for movement in the extremities. Core conditioning exercise programs need to target all these muscle groups to be effective.
What are the benefits of core strength training to the athlete?
- Improved body control and balance
- Increased power output from both the core muscles such as the shoulders, arms and legs
- Reduced risk of injury
- Improved balance and stability
- Improved athletic performance!