Core training consists of conditioning the network of muscles that stabilize the spine and pelvis and run the entire length of the torso. These muscles help control movement, transfer energy, shift body weight, and move in any direction.
A strong core provides:
- A stable starting point for almost all athletic movements
- An improvement in the body’s ability to balance and move through space
- A firm foundation to prevent injuries
- Improved balance and posture
Maximize power training for upper body and core with medicine balls. There are many types of medicine balls each with different functions. Read about the different types and their uses.
Stability balls are a great tool to improve core stability, a critical building block of every athletes’ training. Exercises that involve more dynamic eccentric and concentric movements of the spine through the full range of motion are called core strength exercises. Read more about how to improve core stabilization for your athletes.
Balance Boards and Discs
Balance boards can introduce varying degrees of instability to different core activities, which trains the muscles and the brain to compensate and react. The more unstable, and the more directions of instability, the greater and more frequent the required response in order to maintain balance. Good balance & stability not only leads to better physical performance, it also helps prevent injury.
Dumbbells are one of the most trusted fitness tools for developing core strength. Read why you should implement dumbbells into your core training program here.
To summarize, core training is essential to athletic performance. Use the 4 tools we discussed in this article to introduce core training to your program!