Fitness Pantry – Its all about the Core

Fitness Pantry – Its all about the Core

Say the word core to people and immediately the image of six-packs and endless amount of crunches comes into their heads. However both of these things have nothing to do with having or building strong core stability.

Core stability is so important for everybody. Having a strong core prevents injury, supports your back and makes all movement easier.

Im not going to bore you with the anatomy of the core muscles however its not just the superficial ones you see in a six pack. You have deep internal muscles as well as the superficial abdominals which make up the core structure.

With this in mind it is important to exercise all of the core muscles but what are the best exercises to do this?

As I said before crunches are really not particularly the most efficient way of training your core. If anything it can cause excessive stress on your back as you are repetitively flexing at an isolated part of your spine.

Try these exercises instead. I know many people shy away from lifting weights but in my next blog i will talk more about the many positives of lifting weights.

Deadlift: perform three sets of 10 with a weight you are comfortable with.

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Kettle Bell Swings: perform 3 sets of 10 with a kettle bell weight you are comfortable with.

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Plank: Stay in the position for 15 seconds, repeat three times. Increase hold time for progression.

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Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about how to train your core.

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Drew Wintie-Hawkins

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