Real Core Training Part Four: All Training Is Core Training

Updated: Oct 12

This is the final article in this series and there's just two more facts you need to know before we call it a wrap.

Fact #1: Your core goes beyond the Rectus Abdominus, Transversus Abdominus, and Obliques.

  • I hinted at this in the first part. Depending on what specialist you talk to, your core contains 28-35 muscle groups. It truly doesn't matter what that number is, you just need to know where these muscles are.

  • Imagine you could look at your own back... your core muscles are all of the muscles from the top of your shoulders all the way down to your glutes.

  • Now, looking at your front... your core muscles are all of the muscles from below your pecs, down to the hip flexors in your thighs. All the way around your trunk, you are supported by core muscles.

  • These muscles support your movement and by training these muscles, you can improve your movement.

Fact #2: All training is core training.

  • This is probably the most important thing you can learn in this four part series.

  • If your core supports your other movements, then your other movements depend on your core for support.

  • If your other movements depend on the core, they also tax the core and the core gets some training effect from these movements.

Great news! Right? That depends.

  • Good News-Your core is almost always being trained in a functional and safe manner, as long as you use proper form and technique in your other training. This does not mean you don't need to do core training.

  • Bad News-You are now at greater risk for over training your core or exhausting your core, especially when moving onto other exercises that are going to need it for support.

  • Not to worry, by spreading out your core training and being mindful of your other training (like we talked about in part 3), you can safely and effectively program your core training to enhance your other training versus inhibit it.

In this video, I demonstrate a Turkish Getup, Hanging Leg Raises & Knee Raises, Offloaded Lunges & Offloaded Farmers Carries.

(You also get to see me a bit frustrated by my 5lb kettlebell and drop it carelessly to the floor.)

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