I don’t know how many times a client will say to me, “when are we going to work our ‘Core’?” It’s a buzz word. A word that has been used, over-used and abused continuously throughout major fitness chains and fly-by-night advertisements on TV.
For those interested, here’s a great little article (actually a really, really good article) by Betsy Baker about core muscles and what they comprise and how to work them effectively.
It boils down to a few things for me and my ‘philosophy’ on working the core.
A) The primary core muscles, and the most important, are the deeper muscles (see the diagram in the article.)
B) Major multi-jointed muscle exercises (i.e. squat, deadlift, chest press, front squat, etc.) all work the core muscles if done properly.
C) The rectus abdominis (the six-pack abs) are not true core muscles.
Work hard, focus on major muscle groups and do them right and your core will get plenty of work.
Mike Babbitt, M.F.A, M.A., CSCS, ACSM-HFI
USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach, Master Trainer
Mike is a Master Level trainer at Empower Personal Training. He has a unique approach to fitness that combines his scientific foundation of research and applied exercise physiology with his artistic experience as a professional stage actor. For more information about Empower Personal Training please call (919) 401-8024