Salvere Blog: The Core — Beyond the 6-Pack

by Salvere Health and Fitness
Years ago when my grandmother was young there were garments specifically made to achieve a slim line and the illusion of a strong core. Fast forward to modern times and we have refocused our attention to a six-pack vision of what our core should look like. With summer just around the corner, many people come in to their workout sessions requesting stomach exercises for the sake of swimsuit season.
Aside from the fact that exercising muscles in a certain area does not directly burn fat from that area, having a six-pack or flat stomach also does not necessarily equate to strong core muscles. The structure of your core does a variety of things that affects dozens of muscle groups. Let’s take some time to really get to the core of your Core…

Your core includes the pelvic floor muscles, transverse abdominis (deep core), internal and external obliques (side of the trunk ), mulifidus (deep back muscles) erector spinae (vertical back muscles), diaphragm, gluteus maximus (butt) and the trapezius (top of the back). These muscles all work together to help you prevent injury, perform sports and daily living tasks.

A weak core can cause lower back pain, IT band, and knee issues. The surrounding muscles try to compensate for that weakness and can cause imbalances and injuries. Which brings me back to the core issue, strengthen
all the muscle groups activated by the core and you will be ready to enjoy your summer!!
by Pam Beck, personal trainer and group fitness instructor at Salvere Health and Fitness.
To contact Pam, call her at (443) 799-6055 or email her at PamB@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com .
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