How proactive are you with your core training? It seems to be the thing everyone focuses on before swimsuit season, working their abs for that toned stomach before hitting the beach. But core training is much more than just working on your abs. Here’s everything you need to know about strengthening your core, and the benefits you’ll reap from doing so.
What is core strength?
When you think of your “core”, what comes to mind? For most, it’s all about stomach muscles, flat tummies, and abs. While your abdominal muscles are a key part of it, it’s the deeper muscles in your abdomen, back, lats, hips and even your feet that make up your core. Each of these muscle groups are intricately connected and are much more important than the surface muscles you see when looking in the mirror.
Why is the core important?
Core strength is crucial for a healthy body, especially for athletes or people who are quite physically actively. Having a weak core can lead to injury during training, as well as hindering your performance and mobility, particularly when it comes to your hip and shoulder joints. In contrast, a strong core will ensure your body is ready to go in any situation.
How do you strengthen your core?
Research suggests that the core is a bit of a paradox because it both creates and resists force. The best core workouts make use of this function by using a range of motions to engage different muscle groups. Think of some go-to core workouts like planks. Experts now say that planks simply aren’t enough of a workout for your core, because they put you in an immobile position. While they do teach you to resist motion, engaging your core while you’re not moving isn’t very practical when you’re out on the field or going for a run.
The three ranges of movement to improve your core
If planks and sit ups aren’t the answer, what is? Well, Dynamic Variable Resistance Training (DVRT) may be the answer. Predominantly used in kettlebell training, DVRT involves the following three types of movement:
Start slow and use proper technique before building up speed and reps.
At the end of the day, strengthening your core will not only improve your training in other areas, but will help you improve mobility and reduce your risk of injury. If you need a hand incorporating DVRT or core training into your exercise program, talk to us today to see how we can help.