Core training refers to targeted exercise and conditioning techniques designed to strengthen and tone your ‘core’ – also known as the abdominal area. The core reaches right around the mid-section of your torso and includes muscles on the front, back and sides of the body including the obliques, lower lats and traverse abdominis. Over the years this type of training has had many names – including abdominal training and ab work.
But whatever the title suggests, essentially the practice remains the same – focusing on this central group of muscles, employing techniques designed to tone and develop them for greater strength and stamina.
How can it help me?
Core training is a great accompaniment to any exercise regime, as it strengthens one of the most important areas of the body. This has a positive knock-on effect, as it enables greater flexibility and mobility overall when doing other exercises.
The core is the body’s centre of power. Training designed to work this specific area is crucial, because it keep the whole body strong. There are lots of smaller, less significant muscles in this area that you have probably never heard of – but as you work these muscles in different ways and at different angles you’ll discover how beneficial this type of training can be.
As we live more sedentary lifestyles, core training really comes into its own. It can also improve common issues such as lower back pain and poor posture. Many people sit for large portions of the day which weakens the abdominal muscles, causing ill effects in the long-term. Working your core can combat many of the issues that accompany an office job or large portions of the day spent sitting at a desk.
Benefits of core training include:
- Reduced risk of injury to major parts of body such as your back
- Improved posture
- Increased in muscle strength
- Increased muscle tone
- Increased muscle endurance
Who is core training best suited to?
Core training can be beneficial for anyone looking to tone up and strengthen their core. It is versatile and accessible – suitable for all ages and abilities.
Keeping the body supple and stable can benefit everyone. In addition to enhancing your fitness and overall strength it can even help with everyday tasks and keep you healthier for longer. It also strengthens the back, which minimises the risk of injury and pain.
Where someone has existing injury or back pain core training may not be suitable or may need to be adapted to your needs. This is why professional support is always recommended, to ensure that you get the most out of your exercise regime and avoid injury.
Variety is also key when it comes to core training. You need an expert with a wealth of knowledge who can incorporate the right exercises at the right time – working muscles you never knew you had!
This type of training is almost always incorporated into comprehensive fitness and training programmes. At The PT Factory we design personalised training plans for each of our clients, combining a unique blend of different training techniques suited to their needs.
Why train at The PT Factory?
At The PT Factory we do things differently. Our fully equipped, dedicated private gym is specifically designed to ensure that our clients have the best possible environment to help them reach their goals. With over ten years’ experience our expert instructors have helped hundreds of people to achieve their fitness goals – from losing weight for a wedding to training for a big event.
Call us on 0161 399 0077 or fill out the quick enquiry form to book your free, 30-minute consultation with one of our expert team. We’ll take the time to listen to your goals and learn about your lifestyle. This gives you an opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have.