Core Stability Training with MORPH FITNESS

Core Stability Training is essential to sports performance and injury prevention. The body's core muscles are the foundation for all other movement. The muscles of the torso stabilise the spine and provide a solid foundation for movement in the extremities.

These core muscles lie deep within the torso. They generally attach to the spine, pelvis and muscles that support the scapula. When these muscles contract, we stabilise the spine, pelvis and shoulders and create a solid base of support. We are then able to generate powerful movements of the extremities.

Training the muscles of the core also corrects postural imbalances that can lead to injuries. The biggest benefit of core training is improved functional fitness – that is, fitness essential to both daily living and regular activities.

The main concepts of core strengthening programmes involve using many muscles in a coordinated movement. Abdominal bracing is the main technique used during core exercise training. This refers to the contraction of the abdominal muscles. To brace correctly, you should attempt to pull your tummy button back in toward your spine. This action primarily recruits transverse abdominus. Be careful not to hold your breath – you should be able to breathe evenly while bracing.

Other exercises that develop core strength include exercises on a stability ball, work with medicine balls, wobble boards and Pilates programmes. Yoga is also an excellent way for athletes to build core strength. For a simple but effective core strength programme, you can begin with push-ups and crunches, but work with a trainer at MORPH FITNESS to find the exercises that work best for you.


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