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So what IS your core if it’s not your abs?
Your “core” is literally that - the CORE of your body - the center, the foundation, the powerhouse of your musculature. Everything stems from your core. It’s everything from your shoulders, down to your hips and everything in between: your shoulders, chest, back, abs and pelvis. (Speaking of ab muscles - did you know that you have several layers and FOUR different ones?). Your core is also the stemming point for your arms and legs, meaning, without a strong core, they suffer as well.
Understanding what your core actually is, gives you the knowledge you need to improve it. And that’s important because a strong core:
Ready to build a stronger core? Here are 6 of my personal favorite body-weight exercises to target your core (including links to short how-to videos if you’re not sure what the exercise is). Note: these do not include sit-ups of any kind not only because they have been linked with spinal micro-fractures, many people cannot perform them with good form which can cause injuries such as the ones just noted, and they also increase strength in a non-athletic way. There are far safer and more effective exercises out there like these ones: