What is core training?
Learn about the benefits of core training to increase your core strength and stability.
What is core stability? Core stabilization was popularly introduced in the United States during the 1960's to treat neurological disorders and spinal injuries. Today, core stabilization is developed by using stability balls and balance boards. Briefly and succinctly, the core muscles are comprise of both the abdominal and lower back muscles. The lower back muscles consist of the erector spinae, rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis and deep intrinsic muscles, all of which provide both voluntary movements and stability. The gluteus medius, minimus and hip flexors are also responsible for stabilization of the pelvic girdle.
Why Exercise With A Stability Ball?
Fitness training with a stability ball will improve posture, balance, agility, strength, and power. We can improve our posture by strengthening the abdominals, back, buttocks, and torso muscles; referred to as the stabilizer muscles. Improvements in balance and agility, by challenging your nervous system, will be realized within a couple of weeks by adding exercises while keeping your body on the ball, and stopping it from rolling, you will recruit more stabilizer muscles and increase the integrity of your over all fitness. By developing strength in all planes of movement, the risk of injury will decrease. For example, with golf, back injuries are the most common because of underdeveloped trunk muscles. Golfers need strong abdominals and back muscles to ensure proper rotation and power. To properly train these stabilizer muscles, get on the ball! Regular sit-ups and crunches will not train these muscles effectively.
Many of the benefits of core muscle groups exercise include improved muscle power, increases muscle response time, kinesthetic awareness, agility, and performance. Strength in our core muscle groups allow us to do more with less effort; increase flexibility, improve our dynamic balance, posture, and reduce the risk for injuries.
Who Can Benefit From Core Exercises?
Everyone, from beginner exercisers to professional athletes can benefit from core stabilization techniques. Stability balls are versatile conditioning tools and can be used in many different situations, from rehabilitation to weight loss and performance enhancement. Work outs on the stability ball challenges our nervous system by expanding our motor vocabulary and improves motor skills including coordination. All populations and age groups can benefit from these techniques, in addition to your standard exercise program of cardiovascular endurance and strength, muscular fitness, and flexibility, core stabilization should be a part of your exercise regime.
It is essential to understand your specific needs, exercise and health history before building a core stability program of your own. If you have experienced low back pain, hip pain or any significant injury you should speak with your medical doctor and be certain that core training will be beneficial to your health and safety. As a general rule, strengthening your body and muscles will help you to live a less painful and more active lifestyle.
Where Can You Learn More About Core Stability and Core Exercise?
Simply contact us or search for a trainer in your local area to discuss your particular fitness limitations, concerns, needs and goals. All qualified personal trainers understand and can communicate if, why and when to employ a core stability program within the specific parameters of your regular exercise routine.
Again, make certain that you speak with your medical doctor before beginning a new exercise program of any kind. "An ounce or prevention is worth a pound of cure".