No matter what you are doing, putting on your shoes, pushing a grocery cart, or carrying groceries, you need your core for almost every move you make. Your core also controls your posture, balance, and stability. Whether you think functional training is good or bad, being able to do the tasks that require balance and stability is an important part of life.
When most people think of their core, they think of their stomach muscles of abs. But there your core also involves your back muscles and your pelvis.
Your entire core consists of:
- Erector spinae – this is the back muscle that helps you stand up after bending over.
- Rectus abdominis – you use this muscle when bending forward. It is also known as the “six pack.”
- Obliques – you have internal and external oblique muscles that help you bend or rotate your trunk.
- Transverse abdominis – these muscles wrap around the side and front of your trunk to stabilize your pelvis.
- Multifidus – this back muscle supports your spine.
Strengthening these muscles will help support your spine, stabilize your body, and improve your overall fitness.