10 May How to Strengthen the Core to Increase Overall Gym Performance
Core strength is a huge advantage to overall body composition and capability. It can stabilise and strengthen your entire body and help with your general training goals. From bodyweight movements and free weight motions to functional rig routines, the core should be an essential part of your weekly gym sessions.
It is important to remember that you will not always be able to see your core muscles physically from the outside. Especially if you are in the period of bulking, your abdominal muscles will be covered by a layer of fat. However, it is still important to ensure you incorporate core strengthening to build up the muscle underneath.
Aside from the aesthetics, a strong core will give you better balance and coordination, help to improve your posture, reduce back pain, become less susceptible to injury and even increase your squat and deadlift performance. You can strengthen your core using everything from free weights and gym flooring to functional training rigs.
Strengthening Core on the Floor
Hit the gym floor to perform bodyweight strengthening exercises. Those bending, rotating and extending movements can really build up abdominal muscles. These exercises are all about mind to muscle connection and your breathing. Take the time to really think about using your abdominals and feel them contracting while performing these moves.
Hold a front plank without letting your hips sag or you can perform a side plank and ensure your body is in a completely straight line. Dead bugs are another brilliant example; lay flat on your back with your legs bent at 90 degrees. Extend one of your legs out straight until the heel is just above the ground and then return back to the start position and repeat on each leg. Remember to keep that core tight.
Get those Core Muscles Big with a Functional Rig
Using a training rig encourages you to move your body weight against gravity and is a great way to engage the core muscles and build up abdominal strength. These gym rigs are great because they are completely adaptable and provide the equipment for a range of different exercises without taking up excessive space.
Hanging leg raises are great and there are various types you can do to target different areas of the abdominals. Hang on to a bar of a functional training rig and bring one leg up at a time with the knee bent at a 90-degree angle up towards your waist and then return back down straight. If you become a pro at this, then you can try bringing the legs up straight in front of you. Then the next level would be to bring them up at a 90-degree angle, but twisting the torso to bring them up round to each side.
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