Core Muscles… why so key?
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Core Muscles… why so key?

Core Muscles… why so key?

Strength from within…

Often in the health and fitness industry one thing always promoted is developing good strong core muscles. For different people this can mean different things and may be good for different reasons. Let’s go deeper and take a look at them.

Where are they

The core muscles are mainly found beneath the superficial muscles of the belly that give you a six pack (rectus abdominis or often abbreviated to ‘abs’) and deep muscles of the spine.

Which muscles are included

The main muscles are:

  • Transverse abdominis
  • Multifidus
  • Internal and External obliques
  • Erector spinae
  • Diaphragm
  • Pelvic floor (whole other topic)

What do they do

The main role of the Core muscles is to act as stabilisers which help the body to perform controlled movements

How to strengthen them

4 great exercise to strengthen the core muscles are:

  1. Plank exercise – both front and sideways gradually lengthening amount of time held
  2. Weighted Squat – only carry what you can comfortable handle
  3. Crawling – with your inner thighs on the ground rather than on your knees
  4. Swiss ball crunch – sitting on a swiss ball with your feet placed firmly on the ground perform gentle crunches

Why strengthen them

Having a strong core means that you will be more stable and less prone to injury. Many people who suffer with back pain also find that exercising core can reduce the pain.

If you would like to find out more or not sure whether core stability exercises would benefit you feel free to get in touch with us or book an appointment so we can help you.

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