The importance of core strength cannot be overstated. Speak to any fitness guru or professional sports coach and they will always refer to core strength as being a huge factor in strength building. First of all I should clear the misconception that core strength refers to the strength of the abdominal muscles. Abdominal strength is a part of it but core strength refers to the strength of your entire torso.
Now there are many different exercises that you can incorporate into a core training program. For some, these core exercises will be challenging enough on their own. For others, you may wish to consider incorporating weights into the exercise to make it harder. Let’s take a look at some of these core strengthening exercises in more detail.
We might as well start with the most popular core strengthening exercise – the sit up. Sit ups are beneficial in working the abdominals and other stomach muscles, which are an important part of your core. With sit ups, try to focus on form rather than speed, and difficulty rather than quantity. If they are easy for you to perform then do them while holding some weight or while wearing a weighted vest. You can also do them upside down like this:
If you were wondering how to get a six-pack, you should know right now that you don’t need to take any supplements, nor do you need to change your diet unless you are overweight or on a diet which provides very little protein. The actual purpose of this post is to show you how to get strong abdominals, not how to get a six-pack, but if you work hard on the former, the latter should be accomplished automatically if you have the normal amount of body fat.
The six pack certainly does look cool and attractive but I like to emphasize on the importance of strength rather than appearance. The abs, along with the lower back, hold the upper and lower body together and by training them you will be strengthening your core, and increasing the strength of your entire body. Strong abdominal muscles will help you out with climbing, pushing, grappling and fighting (both in punching and for defense when you get hit in your belly and stomach), and that’s why most martial artists and boxers train their abdominals diligently.
Your abdominal muscles are probably not very muscular, and that’s why you’re reading this post, right? Are you skinny, normal, or fat? If you’re skinny or normal and you don’t have a sixpack then it is because your abdominal muscles are not big enough. If you’re fat, or maybe you’re not but have a lot of belly fat, then your abdominals will not show even if they are strong and big. There are exceptions to this; some bodybuilders have such huge abdominal muscles that they will show even if they have a fat belly, but most of the time fat people don’t have a six pack and if they do, their six pack would look much better when they lose their fat. So, if you are overweight you should start doing cardio exercises and change your diet (reduce food made with flour like bread and pasta) to cut that belly fat. For the strengthening of the abdominal muscles and “acquisition” of the six pack I recommend three simple exercises: