- The number rule of core training is that you absolutely must involve your core muscles in it.
That might sound obvious but 99% of people out there never involve their core muscles (gluteals, obliques, rectus abdmonis, etc.) when they perform their core training.
Fitness magazines, coaches, performance programs, etc. constantly tell us of the many benefits of a strong, active core:
- a healthier back
- better sports performance
- healthier hips
- stronger lifts
- more power generation
If you wan to get these benefits (and who wouldn’t) then you absolutely must take this on board- IF YOU DON’T INVOLVE YOUR CORE MUSCLES WHEN YOU ARE PERFORMING YOUR CORE WORK, THEY WON’T BE THERE FOR YOU WHEN YOU NEED THEM. You can cry that you do a ton of core work but your core muscles will reply WHY WEREN’T WE INVITED?
Here’s an example of a common core exercise and to be fair it looks exactly like what most people do in the gym.
This is simply the structures of your spine stacking against each other. Not very good for the health of your back and definitely not going to help you in your quest for better core control.
Whatever the exercise, the principles remain the same. Check out the video below for one of our favourite core exercises that we use with our clients and give it a go.