WHAT IS hardCORE CLASS?
Tone your middle section and improve your core strength, balance and posture. Core Strength is a short, nonstop, focused workout with cutting edge abdominal, oblique and lower back exercises using a variety of strength training tools from body bars, fitness balls, small weights, and your own body weight and more!
WHAT ARE THE “CORE” MUSCLES?
The core, as it's known in strength training circles, consists of all the muscles in your abdominal and lower back areas. This includes all the abdominal muscles as well as the muscles associated with the spine and the hip flexors.
These muscles all work in harmony to provide stabilization for your body and to transfer power from the legs to the upper body and vice versa. The core muscles also function to keep your insides in, where they belong!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF STRENGTHENING YOUR CORE?
Weak core muscles contribute to all kinds of problems in the body, the most prevalent of which is lower back pain. By strengthening the muscles that help support the spine and improve posture, you can dramatically decrease the symptoms of lower back pain.
Picture your spine as a column of soda cans stacked one on top of the other. If you wanted to keep that column standing up under stress, what do you think would work better: a "tenser" bandage (as is used for wrapping injured ankles) or Scotch tape? Sure the tape would keep the cans together but the cans wouldn't receive a whole lot support, would they? When you strengthen the muscles of the core, you are in effect turning that Scotch tape into a nice, tight "tenser" bandage, increasing the amount of support that your spine gets.
Core training also has the potential to greatly improve sports performance. The core is the one area of the body that will always give you a great return on your investment.
Tuesday Evenings 7:30-8:00 p.m.