What are the benefits of Core Training?
There are many benefits to training your core muscles. One of the biggest benefits is preventing and treating low back pain. Most people don’t even know which muscles compose the core, and it is widely debated which muscles are included in this list. Some of the key core muscles are as follows: transverse abdominis, hip flexors, internal oblique’s, external oblique’s, and the erector spinae. Core strengthening exercises are most effective when the torso works as a solid unit and both front and back muscles contract at the same time, multi joint movements are performed and stabilization of the spine is monitored. Abdominal bracing is a basic technique used during core exercise training. To correctly brace, you should attempt to pull your navel back in toward your spine. This action primarily recruits transverse abdominus. You should be able to breathe evenly while bracing and no hold your breath. There are many exercises that will strengthen the core. A large number of core strengthening exercises can be done at home with no equipment. Some of the most effective ways to train the core are exercises like plank, V sit ups, squats, oblique twists, and superman’s. Don’t forget these key muscles when you have low back pain or are starting a workout regimen!
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