Gym Core Strength Workouts
The Importance of Core Strength
About Core Strength
Many of us are well accustomed to the development of the “glory” muscles. Muscles like the chest, shoulders, quads and glutes will always get special attention in the gym – but how many people train their core correctly?
Yes, you see others doing simple exercises like leg raises and crunches to work their “abs,” but when we say core, we mean something different.
Think of the core as an entire muscular system that spans the entire surface of the stomach and back. The core is a system of muscles that starts at the hips and runs all the way up to the ribcage.
With that said, many people have a very weak core which can lead to back pain, hip pain, and even pain in the upper back and neck.
Training your core is important for these main reasons:
- Your core is your stability. Whenever you’re doing an exercise where a load is placed on your back, shoulders, or overhead, your core is the main muscular system that is providing stability.
- Think of it as the bridge between your upper and lower body. If the bridge is weak, the connection between the two (upper and lower body) will not be nearly as effective as it could be. Training your core is important for stability in your big overhead movements.
- A weak core means a weak squat and a weak overhead press. If you’re a strength athlete, this is something you need to look for.
- Your core helps you run. Since the core links the upper and lower body together, it will act as a synergist in nearly every step. A strong core means a strong and efficient runner.
- The core will also help to absorb shock. When you’re running, your body is impacted with about 40 x your bodyweight on each stride.
- If your goal is to run a long distance, you must have a strong core.
- A strong core makes you look great. Last but not least, the core is important because a strong core looks great. Your core is very important to your overall wellbeing but training the core for strength and physique is also important.
Having a great core is more diet than training, but when both of these ideas meet in harmony, you’ll have a core that is built for strength and success in any setting.
Core Strength – A Crucial Element
Core strength is important for your balance, stability, body strength, weightlifting goals, and running goals. This core muscle system appeals in the aesthetics of training. Plus, it helps keep your back, neck, and hips pain-free.
This is one system that cannot go unnoticed in your training program.
For best results, be sure to try and hit your core for about 60 minutes of training each week. Dedicated ab sessions, rather than 5 minutes after each workout, also seem to show better strength returns.
The best time to pair core work is at the end of a leg training session. Pair your core training with all your leg workouts and watch as you grow stronger in the core and every aspect of fitness that comes with it.
What Are The Core Muscles?
Major muscles included in the Core Muscle group are the pelvic floor muscles, transverses abdominis, multifidus, internal and external obliques, rectus abdominis, erector spinae and diaphragm. Minor core muscles include the latissimus dorsi, gluteus maximus and trapezius.
The “Trunk” Core Muscles of the body are:
- Pectoralis Major
- External Oblique
- Internal Oblique
- Rectus Abdominis
- Transverse Abdominis
We tend to think of the Trunk Core Muscles as the most important muscles for core muscle exercises. Here is a list of just a few of the exercises used to strengthen the core muscles:
- Ab Crunch
- The Plank
- Leg Lift/Hanging Leg Lift
- Side Bends
- Incline Bench Sit Ups
- Torso Twists
Core Muscle Exercise Equipment And Machines
The Gym at Gravity Fitness And Tennis has the top exercise equipment and machines for you to get in a great Core Muscle group workout, including:
- Ab Crunch Machine
- Benches For Ab Crunch
- Mats for the Plank exercise
- Leg Raise Station
- Incline Bench For Advanced Ab Crunch
- Dumbbells and Kettlebells for Side Bends and Twists
- Exercise Bar for Torso Twists
Getting started with your Core Strength Exercise program at the gym at Gravity Fitness and Tennis is easy. Just come in for a guided tour, enroll as a member, and you are set to start working out at the best gym in the Wood River Valley. Call (208) 788-7669 for more information.
Start training for core strength today. You’ll like the way you feel!
Gravity Fitness And Tennis
1970 Woodside Blvd
Hailey, ID 83333
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