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What is the Core?

Dec 11, 2012

What is the core? Simply put the core is the center of the body starting from the shoulders, down to the hips and lower back. The muscles of the core help to stabilize and support the spine, hips and shoulders. Having a strong core is extremely important for good balance and stabilization. Most people tend to ask for a lot of core work because they are interested in achieving that six pack look. However, core work will not produce a six pack. Like I mentioned above, the core’s main purpose is to stabilize the center of the body and to assist with balance. The core is a separate thing from those ripped up abs so many are interested in achieving.

I am sure at this point you are wondering what the difference is between the two. Abs, also known as the Rectus Abdominus, is actually one flat single muscle extending from the lower ribs down to the pelvic region. This is where the six pack comes from. But, let me remind everyone that ab workouts DO NOT remove fat from your waistline. Having that phenomenal six pack is mostly just genetics. Some are born with the genetic makeup to naturally have that ripped up and toned stomach. The best way to improve that area and to reduce unwanted belly fat is cardio, heavy weight lifting, and proper nutrition. This will help increase to increase your metabolism and to increase your fat burning powers when you are at rest. So don’t focus so much on building your abs, but focus on building a strong body overall and that six pack you desire will eventually come through!

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