RISE by Studio PP Director of Personal Training and Exercise Physiologist Ash Brennan takes us through the importance of a strong core, and the best exercises to improve the complex group of muscles.
Your core is the base of support for your entire body. Comprised of the muscles that surround your spine and pelvis, your core is fundamental to any functional movement in your everyday activity.
A common misconception about our core is that the term refers only to the superficial abdominal muscles. While our core does begin with the transverse abdominis (which wrap around our spine like a corset to provide support), there are layers of oblique muscles, rectus abdominis and pelvic floor in our core – all of which are equally important.
Our obliques (the band of muscles that wrap around our waist) control all twisting movements, and any activity that requires you to flex from side to side. Similarly, your rectus abdominis (which run vertically down your abdomen) assists with any movement requiring forward flexion.
Finally, your pelvic floor (which supports the bladder) works with the deep stabilising muscles in your spine (multifidus) and plays a vital role in injury prevention, assisting with desired movement outcomes.
These muscles work together to assist all movement, offering protection, stability and support. If you are experiencing pain or have sustained an injury to your back and hips, these deep stabilising muscles may become inhibited and need to be retrained to automatically switch on when you move.
To avoid this, sign up to one of our complimentary virtual fitness classes to work with our qualified instructors who can take you through a series of exercises to help improve your core strength today.
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