We encourage training that activates the collection of muscles which stabilize and move the spine, know as the core. Think of it in 2 parts - the inner and outer core.
Our program is designed to work on muscles first known to engage movement or breathing and to protect the spine. These inner core muscles include the diaphragm, pelvic floor, multifidi, deep cervical flexors, and transverse abdominus. This is the area where most people tend to focus on, thinking they have "worked their core".
How about a program that also activates your outer core muscles, which are also responsible to creating stability and protecting the spine?
These muscles also have more defined movement functions. For example, the anterior muscles (abdominals) are the most commonly known muscles of the outer core make up. It is also vital that your program includes other outer core muscles such as lats, spinal erectors, glute complex, quadratus lumborum, and hip flexors.
In fact, to be really technical, core strength development can extend far beyond the localised spine and hip complex muscles.
So next time you are thinking about core strength development, think past abs, and have one of our qualified trainers incorporate correctly designed core strength building exercises into your program.
Simplified Core Strength
In order to get the best out of your core strength, our team can certainly help you learn more about its function. Did you know that your core stabilizes and protects your spine by creating stiffness that restricts excessive movement in many directions, particularly with extensions, flexions, lateral flexions, and rotation of your spine? This is so when you are lifting, the core's primary focus is to limit excess movement.
So when you think about the core through the role it plays in strength exercises like the squat, deadlift, bench press, seated rows, overhead press, etc, these movements require your inner core and spine to hold a posturally correct rigid position so your hip and shoulder joints can move with force. So the inner and outer core muscles combine to create the rigidity to keep your spine in a safe and comfortable position, while doing your exercise.
In order to make your core stronger, the key factor here is to have functional form that will let your body do its job and protect your spine while lifting heavy loads.
That is why our Helfi Addiction Personal trainers and floor coaches ensure you perform each exercise with good form. We do this, so that every time you are doing a compound resistance exercise you are correctly contributing to core strength development. When you consistently increase the load of an exercise with good form, your overall core strength will continue to develop.
Real Core Training
Your core can get lazy very easily. That is why when considering your program, we ensure it is varied enough to activate your core with varying muscular demands. From standing exercises, to seated, to lying down, your body uses whichever surface it can support itself on to create stability.
Helfi Addiction 24/7 Fitness Centre is also full with a variety of equipment you can use to perform many compound functional core strength building exercises. Did you know that the following equipment we have can activate and develop your core differently and thats why we encourage you to use them all at varying stages of your progress and programs:
The other variation we encourage you to add to your routines is your positioning of grips, rotations and feet and leg landings. Your program should incorporate thin lines as well as wide spread positions.
Our recommended training programs get amazing results, because while they are varied and they are also kept safe and simple enough to prevent injuries. So why not contact our team to help develop your overall core strength?
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