The “core” consists of several different muscles that stabilize the spine and pelvis and run the entire length of the torso. These muscles stabilize the spine, pelvis, shoulder, and provide a solid foundation for movement in the extremities (arms and legs). The muscles that make up the “core” are Rectus Abdominis, Erector Spinae, Multifidus, Internal/External Obliques, Transverse Abdominis, Hip Flexors (which consist of several muscles as well), and the Glutes.
Training the muscles of the core corrects postural imbalances that can lead to injuries and the biggest benefit of core training is to develop functional fitness (fitness that is essential to both daily living and regular activities).
June 26th, 2008