Most of the research done these days on exercise points to core workouts. It's the best way to utilize your time in the gym and get the most out of your workout routine. Find the right core workout for you!
Yes, it's true! Many fitness professionals are discovering that you don't need to spend three hours a day in the gym to get into awesome shape! It's better to increase your intensity of your workout rather than your quantity of time in the gym. And what better way to increase your intensity than a core workout? So, let's go over some of the basic core workouts, how to do them, and why!
I will start by letting you know that the core of the body is the midsection. Many workouts incorporate many different body parts all in the same movement. For instance, a kettlebell swing is a great core exercise. Holding the kettlebell with both hands in front of you between your legs, you drop your body down into a squat. When you come up out of the squat, in the same motion, you will swing the kettlebell up over your head, at the same time, you are thrusting your hips forward. When you come back down to a bend in the squat, or the seated position of the squat, you allow the kettlebell to swing back down between your legs. In just this one movement, you are working your core muscles (abdominal muscles), the hip flexors, glutes, quads, and shoulders. You are also getting a bit of cardio workout in at the same time! GREAT core exercise!
This is just one example. Yoga is another core workout. Anytime you are using balance and strength, you are coming from the core of the body. Most sports and movements come from the core, and can benefit from core workouts! Think about baseball. The movement of a swing is the arms, but, the actual strength is coming from the core. This goes for basketball, football, golf, boxing, martial arts, gymnastics, wrestling... and this list could go on and on.
There are so many benefits to the core workouts, because ALL movement starts in the core. Finding out different core exercises, and performing them often is a good idea. Many of the crossfit movements involve these muscle groups as well. Building stamina and strength in this area is going to be highly beneficial to not only your sports, but, your everyday lift.