Lewis Roberts2017-09-11T15:37:26+01:00September 11th, 2017|Comments Off on The Better Way to Train Your Core
Crunches, sit ups, and planks.
Ask the average gym goer how they intend to sculpt their midsection, and you’ll usually get one, two, or all three of these movements as a response.
I’m not sure when spinal flexion and stationary bracing got a monopoly on our core training, but, if we’re serious about building a strong and functional midsection, we should probably do something about it.
So, within this blog, we’ll give you the better way to train your abs…
Making sure we stress your core through every functionality it possess, instead of just the ones that have (mostly due to Rocky films I reckon) risen to the top of the proverbial heap.
But first, we should probably address the elephant in the room…
You will not see your abs, if you have a layer of fat covering them.
And honestly, you don’t need to see your abs, in order to be healthy.
Having a strong core however, whether visible or not, will provide you with these two massive benefits:
1) Reduced risk of injury (especially due to increased spinal stability)
2) Improved sports performance (although not limited to sports e.g if you want to carry a heavy box or help a friend move some furniture? A strong core is needed).
So whether your aspirations are to attract admiring glances whenever you don your swimming attire at the beach, OR to simply function better as a healthy human being? You need to be tackling your core training in an intelligent manner.
So, now we know ‘why’, the next question, is ‘how’?
Again, a caveat (I do enjoy a caveat):
Your core is engaging whenever your body isn’t fully supported. For example, when you’re walking along the street, your core is partially responsible for keeping you upright.
This engagement is multiplied many times when you begin to handle external weights.
Remember we spoke about needing a strong core to help your friend move furniture around? That’s because your core plays a role in keeping your entire body from falling apart, whilst it’s controlling external load.
So, whether we’re training your core directly or not, it’s going to come into play whilst we’re in the gym.
Some people may read that and think “man, I don’t need to train my abs, I’m doing it already!”.
That, I’m afraid, isn’t the case.
Whilst larger, multi-joint exercises, (such as squat and deadlift variations) tend be at the heart of your training programme, most people have woefully underdeveloped core muscles.
We can blame long periods of sitting down and a general sedentary western lifestyle for that one.
So, in order to prevent injury whilst performing the larger exercises that will prompt greater fat loss and muscle growth?
We’re going to need to isolate our core.
“Ok, ok, quit rambling! How do we do it?”
I did carry on a bit there, didn’t I?
Ok, let’s get to the meat of the topic.
Your core training needs to address 3 separate planes of movement.
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