Have you ever wondered how world renowned Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas or Britain’s golden boy David Beckham possess such formidable, rock-hard abs? If you haven’t, then it’s time to start thinking. The core is center to your fitness game as the nucleus is to a cell. Without a well-developed core, your endeavor to fitness freedom is futile and money wasted. The core consist of primarily your torso, which can be sub-divided into: transverse abdominus muscle, rectus abdominus (the six-pack), internal and external oblique muscles, psoas, quadratus lumborum, iliacus, erectus spinae, latissimus dorsi, and most importantly, the multifidus muscle which is widely ignored but plays a vital role in protecting the spine. These muscles are designed to protect delicate organs in the body and to help us easily execute daily tasks or chores. Your core is what enables you to kick a soccer ball, to kayak, to run or sprint, dunk a basketball, or simply bending over to pick up a piece of paper. Developing a stronger core drastically decreases your risk of developing back pain: a condition that has plagued millions of Americans and cost billions of dollars. As reported by The American Academy of Pain Medicine, “A recent market research report indicates that more than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain and that approximately 3- 4.5% of the global population suffers from neuropathic pain, with incidence rate increasing in complementary to age.” – http://www.painmed.org/patientcenter/facts-on-pain/#common
While it could be a smart move to hire any personal trainer, keep in mind that “Aerobic exercise and muscular fitness are the primary elements of most fitness programs. But to have a truly well-rounded fitness program, you should include core exercises in the mix as well. ” –Mayo Clinic – It’s easy and common for personal trainers and fitness coaches to focus on muscular fitness or isolated body part workouts and totally ignore the building-up of an incredible core. Understanding the building process of a formidable core sets the foundation for your “fitness freedom”. See Core Strengthening Workouts to start your fitness journey today.