One of the reasons why I love core fusion so much is because of the emphasis on core strength. Many of my first time guests have never worked their core, and have never learned the importance of having a strong core. The core is your power house. A strong core allows your body to withstand demanding physical challenges, in the gym, and out of the gym. Your main core muscles essentially consist of the abdominals, obliques, lower back, and glutes. People fail to realize the increased fitness potentials that can be obtained through the strengthening of these muscles. The countless and unnecessary injuries that people face day to day can be attributed to both poor balance and a lack of functional strength. At Core Fusion, class participants are introduced to new exercise techniques that really challenge these muscles. Some of my favorite core exercises are plank, side plank, abdominal curl, V-ups, superman (varying arm and leg positions), gluteal bridge, sphinx/cobra pose, bridge, and child's pose. Through my experience and observation of class participants at Exhale, the core soon begins to exude a more efficient working relationship with other distal muscles throughout the upper and lower extremities. This increased cohesiveness allows the body to exhibit a more balanced equilibrium with greater stability. The significance of a well-conditioned core helps to alleviate stress of the lower back and improve ones posture, as it supports the pelvis and upper torso. Injuries in the lower back most often are because of a weakness in the musculature. By working the abdominals and lower back muscles you will prevent unwanted injuries from occurring. Almost all physical activity that you do involves using the core so having a strong core will make everything you do easier and more efficient. Start incorporating core exercises into your workout routine 3 times a week and you will not only feel the difference in your strength and flexibility, but you will have a stronger more toned physique.
AUTHOR: Elise Gulan
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