I should probably be embarrassed to tell you this, but during my first session with a personal trainer, the first thing she said was “we are going to work on your core first”. She said it so matter-of-factly that I assumed I was supposed to know what that meant, so I pretended that I did. In reality, I had no idea – I kept picturing an apple and couldn’t imagine how it applied to my training.
So, if you think the same thing, hopefully this will shed some light, spare you some embarrassment, and (we hope) help you along the way. A few things to remember when exercising:
- warm up for 5-10 minutes first
- do your core exercises
- then do your Endurance, Strength, Flexibility or Balance exercises (yes, you should make each type your focus once a week)
So, what are exactly are CORE exercises?
A. Core Exercises are commonly thought of as Abdominal (Ab) exercises but there’s more you need to know. These exercises should strengthen both the inner and outer core muscles as these muscles protect the spine as it moves in any direction.
Core exercises should consist of the types of exercises that train these muscles to move in many directions. When these exercises are done consistently, these muscles will strengthen and protect your spine.
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PS. Our favorite (and challenging) exercise is with the Ab-Carver Pro. I hated it at first but love the results so much that I can’t imagine my workout week without it!