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Core Training Research

The following are excerpts from research articles that discuss core training research and the overall benefits of core training. To view the original core training research sources, simply click on the links or view the sources provided.

Top 10 Benefits of Core Training

Author: David Lemberg

September 4th, 2008

When it comes to total lifetime fitness, core training is just about the best thing you can do for yourself. The results are immediate and long-lasting. Core training has profound benefits for both male fitness and female fitness, at all levels of training and experience.

Here are the Top Ten Benefits of Core Training —

1. It’s good for you! Core exercises train your deep abdominal muscles
2. Looking good. Of course - this is why we exercise!
3. Core training is the missing piece of most exercise programs.
4. Lower back stabilization. This requires a strong and healthy group of core muscles
5. Your body gets much smarter! Core training creates more and better links between your brain – specifically your cerebellum – and your body.
6. Improved flexibility. Another unexpected benefit of core fitness. Improved flexibility is the natural result of improved lower back stabilization.
7. Improved respiration and lung capacity. The TVA is directly connected to the diaphragm.
8. Reduced occurrence of lower back pain.
9. Improved physical strength. With core exercises, you strengthen your own internal weight belt.
10. More fun with running, cycling, surfing, and skiing. Basically, any sport that requires both aerobic performance and flexibility is improved with core training. Core training is literally a one-stop shop for fitness.

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Core Training Takes Center Stage


With the most recent IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey showing that 72% of the fitness facilities polled are offering core conditioning classes – up from 61% in 2001 – this form of exercise is beginning to join yoga and Pilates as the fitness program of choice for many consumers.

“One reason core conditioning is increasing in popularity is that it is a component of a larger movement toward ‘functional fitness’,” say Kathie Davis, executive director of IDEA Health & Fitness Association. With its emphasis on strengthening and stretching the muscles of the abdominal, pelvic and lower-back regions, core training is helpful in sustaining the ability to perform the activities of daily life.

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Core Strength - Benefits for Moms


Find out how personal trainers help Moms develop muscles used for everyday care taking. From lifting babies and car seats, to physical endurance, strong core muscles are crucial for moms who spend much of their time bending, lifting and toting children.

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Strong To The Core of Your Being-The Benefits Of Core Training

Author: Nick Nilsson

If you were to ask me which muscle group in your entire body you could work to get the greatest benefits in the shortest amount of time, I would tell you without hesitation, "the core." Strengthening the core can realize tremendous benefits to anyone regardless of his or her training experience and can do so very quickly.

But what is the core?

The core, as it’s known in strength training circles, consists of all the muscles in your abdominal and lower back areas. 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!

And why is strengthening the core so important?

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. Core training also has the potential to greatly improve sports performance, as well as day-to-day activities.

The core is the one area of the body that will always give you a great return on your investment.

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Importance of Core Strength for Collegiate Shotput Throwers

Author: Larry W. Judge
Source: Coach & Athletic Director Aug2006, Vol. 76 Issue 1, p34 4p

Many functional activities in throwing and training for the throws require the trunk stabilizers in the core to transfer force from the lower extremities to the upper extremities and vice versa. One of the most neglected areas of the body in training also happens to be one of the most important. Control of the core will allow you to move faster, change directions quicker, be more explosive and become a better athlete. Trunk movements are the vital link in the body's kinetic chain, especially for throwers. The energy transferred from the core to the upper body results in a great amount of torque, which in turn exerts great demands on the musculature of the core--especially in the throwing events in which movements are performed with high accelerations.

The core also has a critical role in the maintenance of stability and balance when performing movements with the extremities. It is the center of all body movements in throwing and can be critical in maintaining the stability of an anatomically correct body position.

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