The deep muscle layers in the spine and central torso regions. Core muscles are important for posture, balance, stability, and power transfer.

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Core/Abdominal Exercises with Lordosis

I have hyperlordosis as a result of very weak lower abs. I have been doing a lot of leg work on my hamstrings and glutes to strengthen my posterior chain, but I am having trouble finding any proper ...
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How do I avoid tightening my butt muscles while doing my core exercises?

I have an exercise routine wherein I lie face-down on an exercise ball and hold my arms out in front of me for a few seconds, then drop them and pick them up again. I do this 10 times. Following that ...
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How to 'engage your core'?

I found when exercising (through Kinect, pilates video, etc) that I am asked to 'engage my core'. How do I do this? How do I know when I am truly engaging my core rather than just sucking in my ...
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Pilates breathing and core engagement

I am new to pilates and have been working on my lateral breathing. It gets tiring doing it alone. But when I do it with simple mat exercise like roll up, I sometimes feel like I am out of breath or ...
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Hanging knee raise alternative for lower back side effects

So I've been doing hanging knee raises to target thee abdominal and while doing so I thought of moving the legs backwards in a back-kick kind of movement theorizing that since a forward movement ...
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Core stability - how often and long?

I've recently taken up trail running (as an ammateur) and discovered I lack in body balance on steep sections. My legs are also prone to injuries (minor ones, but annoying). I was told that core ...
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What quiet exercises should I be fitting into a short morning workout for all-round fitness?

I'm a 40 year old man who manages to maintain a basic level of fitness. Most days I do a couple of sets of press-ups, walk my 10,000 steps and cycle a couple of miles. But I'm not kidding myself that ...
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How can i do pull ups at home?

So, here's the thing: i am on a situation in which i can't go to the gym. However, I Still want / need to do some pull ups. How can i do it at home without having to buy anything? I've already tried ...
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Can a well-conditioned person sit up using only their core?

When lying down and needing to sit up, I either push myself up with an elbow, or bring my knees to my chest and then kick out, creating the momentum to propel myself up off the couch. I checked a yoga ...
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What are good all-round core exercises

So after a dieting period I'm switching back to eating healthy but in larger quantities (bulking). What would be good all-round exercises to do all week round? I work out 4 days a week so could I ...
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Can I take the core exercises out of a simple strength routine composed by squats, rows and push-ups?

I have been running every third day for six months now. About a month ago I added a simple, full-body resistance training workout each day before running: BW Squats progression Inverted Row ...
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Plank Progressions

So, I have been doing workout routine for a while now. IDK exactly how effective it is, but it certainly seems effective for me and I like it because each exercise is something I can scale up(by ...
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Exercises that make the 'Core' strong

When I do planks, and some other exercises that require a higher level of stability than average, the trainer always tells me that my core is weak, and that I need to make it stronger. Can any of you ...
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plank shakes - what does it mean? [duplicate]

I have been doing plank hold in good form since atleast 2-3 months. I get shakey after 10 seconds even though I can hold it between 60-75 seconds. I don't see any improvement in shakiness. What does ...
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Is it better to engage or relax your “core” during long distance running?

I'm currently in marathon training mode and trying to improve my running form and speed in a number of ways. Mostly by trial and error. At the moment, I'm running between 5 and 14km in training ...
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Are ab exercises more usefull to reduce belly fat than other exercises?

I have little bit belly fat which I want to reduce. So I started ab exercises (like sit-ups and crunches) month ago. It's much more difficult to me to do these kind of exercises than other e.g. ...
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What is core training and who should be doing it?

I am looking into a wide variety of workouts to keep from getting boredom. There is a term that seems to be thrown around here: core training. My question is what is it and who should be doing it? Is ...
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Can I add in some core exercises to SL 5x5 and what do you suggest if so?

I don't really think that my core is being worked enough when performing the compound lifts of strong lifts, as the rest of my body has caught up while my stomach and waist are still really flabby and ...
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How do you stick a free-standing handstand?

Ask me to do a headstand or nearly any other yoga arm balance, and I can do it, but I cannot for the life of me stick a handstand without the help of a wall or a spotter. Image from Yoga Journal ...
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what to look for in planks

Is there a checklist of things I should look for when trying to see if someone's doing a perfect plank? They always say back straight. I assume that means head to glutes because, unless your legs are ...
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Building Core Strength

I've come to this realization that my core has let me down (or that I've never really payed attention to my core). To be honest, I've never payed my core it's due -- 20 sit ups were a chore -- always ...
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how to train for sit and reach?

One of my physical fitness test is called sit and reach. What are the best methods to train for this "exercise"? Yes, I do agree that it requires flexibility. However, I heard of different methods ...
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I can't hold a plank for long - how do I get more effect out of a session?

I can hold a plank for 20-30s tops, I think, far shorter after I did other work. I have some ideas tow get more Volume and effect out of a session: hold until perfect form is no more doable, rest 20 ...
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How to do Trunk Extensions without a Medicine Ball

included in the exercise regimen I've been trying to do is trunk extensions for lower back muscles. in almost all the examples I've seen for trunk extensions, they are done on a medicine ball. I do ...
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How can I tell if I'm planking correctly?

When I do planks at the gym, I can ask someone else to check my form and make sure I'm not sagging or lifting my butt up to high. But I can't always go to the gym, and then I end up doing planks at ...
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How effective are Kneeling Cable Crunches?

They're not the most well-known ab isolation exercise, but they are documented on exrx and Icecream Fitness 5x5 recommends them as the only ab isolation needed in the routine. Does anyone know/have ...
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Engaging Core In Marching Band?

This year I am in marching band as a snare drum for my high school. I was told to engage my core to make all my fundamentals (forwards, backwards, and sideways marching) smoother, and to keep my ...
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Skinny but flabby, what to do?

I appear skinny but anyone who's seen me without a shirt knows the truth! My chest, arms, and legs all look healthy (as far as I'm concerned) but my stomach is this fatty mess. It's not that I don't ...
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Should glute-bridges make my calves ache?

I have been given some glute bridges to do, to improve the strength of my core and hips, to prevent injury while running. I'm quite weak in this area and after a day and a half,I'm finding it's my ...
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girls vs guys for core strength [closed]

Guys are supposed to have more upper body strength than girls but what about core strength? Seems like yoga, pilates, pole dancing and the like utilize the core much more so than biceps or chest or ...
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Core training and muscle cramp?

I have started regular strength and core training for the part few weeks after years of no exercise. For the last 2-3 days I notice that I wake up in the night with a back ache that involves muscles ...
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Lower back pain when stretching hamstrings

I went to defence forces 4 months ago and have had intense training and stuff without no good physical base before. Had to carry a 60 pound bag for miles on my back etc and now having lower back pain ...
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How do I build my obliques?

I've tried for a couple of months now and I just can't seem to build on my obliques.. I have minimal trouble getting and keeping my 6 pack, but I just can't get those darn obliques. It looks really ...
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Proper way to do the Dead Bug

I've been watching videos on YouTube on how to do this. I've read about it and everyone says this is difficult to do. It isn't difficult when I do it The video show many ways of doing it I assume ...
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Where to go after “mastering” 90 second planks?

I've been using planks to increase my trunk strength, and am getting OK at holding the plank for 1 1/2 minutes. Will I get more benefit by starting to increase that time, or adding a different ...
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Is engaging your core really about posture?

I hear the phrase engage your core all the time, and honestly, I've never really understood what people saying it are trying to get me to do, and the answers to the question How to 'engage your core'? ...
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Dancing and the core

I do a lot of salsa dancing and like many other dances you need to have certain muscles subconsciously and almost perpetually tense so that the dancer isn't having to remember to 'flex' all the time ...
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Core training - planks vs. L-sits?

Does the L-sit: overlap with the plank: or do these two exercises complement each other well? Is there any benefit to holding planks that can't be obtained by holding L-sits?
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Is it okay to skip arm specific exercises?

I hardly ever do curls or any exercise that focuses solely on making my arms stronger. I've found, however, that they're probably the part of my body that grows the fastest as a side effect of the ...