Core Training: Not Just Your Abs

The hardest punch comes from the most relaxed body and mind. ~SPE Performance

The core is a subconscious act, which is constantly engaged to perform work.

In “Abdominal Function: How It Works”, we understand about the anatomical and biomechanical aspects of the core muscles. To further our understanding of the core, it is also a reflex-driven mechanism. We do not consciously activate our core or push our abdominals inward to increase stability. We focus on how our body is positioned, how our arms and legs move together, and how we breathe. The core will take care of itself.

The core also serves as a shock absorber when you land or tumble on ground. This can be experienced whenever you sprint, jump down from an elevation, or roll in any direction on the ground.

Your core absorbs shock so your knees and hip joints do not take much damage.

Thus, you do not need to isolate or focus on your core when you exercise. Instead, focus on movement. As long as you are moving and breathing properly, your core is working as well.

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2 Responses to “Core Training: Not Just Your Abs”
  1. Ember Cove says:

    In every workout that I’ve done, the core is the most important thing you have to focus on. When you do that, everything else falls into place and real results start coming in. 🙂

    • Hi Ember. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Although the core is important in just about everything we do, it shouldn’t be over-emphasized that it overshadows other aspects of human movement, such as breathing, awareness, mobility, and symmetry. That is like eating Chinese food for vitamins and minerals rather than appreciating and savoring the flavors and the cuisine itself.

      Everything does fall into place when you are using it subconsciously. Enjoy your training. Thanks again.

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