by Janice Hillrich
The core is your centre of power. Many people believe that the core is comprised only of the abdominal muscles. This is only partially correct. The core is your body girdle. It includes the abdominal muscles, back muscles and the muscles around the pelvis.
A strong, well integrated core is a necessity whether your goal is to generate power for athletics, injury recovery or even weight loss. In fact, having a weak core can lead to preventable injuries or just reduce your overall ability to perform. By using core strength training as your basis for creating a fitness program, you are teaching all the individual parts of your body to work together as one unit. This is beneficial in everything from everyday living to athletics and is the foundational principle behind functional fitness.
Proper core strength training stabilizes the spine in the neutral position throughout every type of movement. When you teach yourself to maintain the neutral posture while performing any type of weight training or athletic movement, you generate the most power in the safest possible way. This translates to keeping your joints (especially the lower back) protected while also using the body as one single unit.
It is my opinion that TRX Suspension training is the ultimate in a core strengthening workout. The field of suspension training is a form of resistance training that includes body weight exercises in which a variety of multi-planar, compound exercise movements can be performed. These are done with the aim of developing strength, balance, flexibility, and joint stability simultaneously. Suspension training develops physical strength while using functional movements and dynamic positions, and can be easily adapted to persons of any age and fitness level by a certified instructor.
Janice Hillrich is a certified fitness and TRX instructor. A lifelong resident of the West Island, she founded Sisterhood Fitness out of a passion to help others achieve their fitness goals through hard work, compassion and support. Contact her for more information or to set up your complimentary fitness assessment.