Your core is so important to everyday living. Having a strong core can help you with day-to-day tasks like carrying groceries. It even serves as a support system for your back. During any weightlifting exercise you are always supposed to engage your core. Your core stabilizes your entire body. It is very important to do isolated workouts for your core. Functional workouts are the most effective because they mimic everyday movements and can help prevent back pain.
Types of Functional Core Movements
- Easier alternative: Planks on your knees
- Side Planks
- Single Arm Kettlebell Farmer’s Carry
- Harder alternative: Attach a resistance band to the kettlebell during the carry
- Pallof Press
- Leg Raises
- 6 Inches
- Weighted Side Bends
- Deadbugs (with alternating arms and legs)
- Ab Roller
How Often You Should Work Your Core
You should engage in core workouts 2-3 days a week. Aim for 4 or 5 different exercises each day. As with any muscle group you work, your body needs optimal rest in between working days. Give yourself at least 48 hours between core workouts.
Written by GUADS staff member Emily