The Importance of Core Muscles

No. We are not recommending that in the picture above - strong core muscles are not necessarily the same as ripped core muscles. In fact, a more common picture of a pack of strong core muscles is this (picture right below)

The point of this article is not about the benefits of making your core muscles look nice, it is about the benefits of making them stronger. As you can see, if one of the athletes in history does not need ripped core muscles, you do not need one too.

So, what are some of the benefits of having stronger core muscles? Read on to find out!

Facilitates Efficient Breathing

Efficient breathing is one of the overlooked factors in determining athletic performance. People often understand that rhythm is crucial for athletic performance, although failing to realizing that the rhythm is heavily dependent on quality breathing. Quality breathing is attained when oxygen consumption is at a maximum Oxygen is needed by the muscles to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which powers muscle contraction. An unfortunate byproduct is however released during this process - carbon dioxide - which is the duty of the respiratory system to remove. The core muscles, by helping to contract the diaphragmm plays a critical role in the expulsion of carbon dioxide.

Gives Trunk Stability

Whenever a sport needs twists and turns, you know you need to have trunk stability to be able to play well in it. Unfortunately for those of you who hate the idea of working on your trunk (the larger the area of the body part trained, the more pain you will feel training it), most sports belong to this category - it is not just golf or tennis. For instance, soccer moves of all kind require body twisting and rotation. How do core muscles come into the picture then? The core muscles work with the back muscles to control and drive the trunk motion. For example, during a tennis serve, the core muscles lengthen, which helps the trunk to rotate through the swing.

Supports Back Muscles

Your back muscles do not just stand on their own, they work only when balanced against a sturdy set of core muscles. Imagine this, a body with strong back muscles but no core muscles - how does this work? The definite answer is that it will not. With no core muscles, the back muscles will cave in, and the body will either cease functioning or end up distorted disgustingly. In a more practical scenario, a person with much more disproportionately strong back muscles will cave in on the weak core muscles, causing the person to become a hunch-back. Too much of a good thing is a bad thing, unless balanced.

Upper and Lower Body Stabilization

Most sports involve some degree of co-ordination between the lower and upper bodies. The core muscles enable for, and facilitate, just such co-ordination.

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