Abs aka our core. We all have them & we should all train them. Our core is made up of muscles just like our arms & legs yet for some reason direct core training seems to sometimes (often) get neglected during our training week (I wont lie, I used to be one of those people but am getting better!)
So why is it so important to train our core?
Hint: Aesthetics has nothing to do with it!
It's simple really. A strong core means:
But what exactly is our "core"? A quick anatomy lesson.
Without getting down into the nitty gritty of all the core muscles & what they all do (that could be another post in itself), just be aware that our core is comprised of:
Now that you've got the basics down pat, I bet your're wondering what you should do to develop a strong core?
1000 sittups right? WRONG.
There are so many more effective exercises out there other besides the ol' beloved sit-up so good news for you if you hate sitting-up!
Core training can be broken down into 3 main groups: anti-extension, anti-lateral flexion and anti-rotation. Basically the anti- prefix means your core is working to prevent the extension/lateral flexion/rotation from happening.
My top 6 exercises for training the core:
2. Ab wheel roll out
2. Suitcase carry
2. Barbell rainbow
So there you have it! A whole bunch of alternate core exercises that will help you develop a stronger midsection. Try to incorporate at least 1 exercise from each category into your weekly routine & watch your core strength develop!
My current favourite is the ab wheel roll out!
What's yours? Let me know how you go!
Exercise Physiologist, Physio & Personal Trainer with knowledge & love for all things strength training.
Website update April 2018