If you’re looking to maximise your exercise potential and get the most from your workout, training your core is a great place to start. By having a stronger core you can improve upon all of the other aspects of your cardio and weight routines. Want to know how? Well, read on!
Explaining the core muscles
So what are the core muscles anyway? Well, most people think they make up the muscles on the surface of the abdominal wall when in fact they go much deeper. They lie close to the spine and play a big part in our balance and coordination. Training these muscles not only improves these aspects of our movement but also increases how efficiently we exercise and how much we are able to do before getting tired.
Compounds instead of isolation
Some people aim to train these muscles in isolation and whilst this may help a little bit, better progress can be achieved by training them together with other muscle groups. Exercises such as squats and lunges are perfect for compounding your routine, especially if you add in various twists and turns with light weights.
Here are some core exercises for you to try:
- Push ups – A classic for just about anyone in training, push ups create the perfect exercise that works your core in many different ways. Just make sure that you’re using the correct technique so you don’t put too much strain on your wrists.
- Kettlebell swings – This is a great example of a compound exercise. By carrying out kettleball exercises you’ll be working out a range of muscles that help you stay balanced and strong. The advantage here is that you can choose which weight to start with and work your way up.
- Planks – A simple and popular exercise, planks are a fantastic way to improve your balance and increase your overall strength. Just like push ups, we would recommend making sure that you’re using the correct technique to avoid imbalances or injury.
- Swiss ball hamstring curls – Similar to a plank, using a Swiss ball is a great way to work on your core. By balancing your heels on the ball and using your core to support your body you will soon see improvements to your balance and core strength.