Core Strength Training at Swift Fitness York

What is Importance of training core (Abdominals)

What are core muscles?

Why should you your train core muscles?

Core exercises train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony, whether you are a professional athlete or bobbing along with your daily activities.

We rely so much on balance and stability, and an incredible amount of people take balance for granted, at Swift Fitness York we really want our customers to fully understand the benefits of training the your body with some easy core exercises.

The only time we recognise or act is when one of the core muscles falls out of harmony with the rest (predominantly shown in poor posture or most communally pain).

At Swift Fitness York we want to show you a few of the best exercises to strengthen your core whilst training at Swift Fitness York.

Core Exercise 1
Forearm plank – one of the most common ways to perform a plank, slightly easier than holding the body up with just the hands.
1. Place your forearms on the ground with your elbows in line/underneath your shoulders, and arms parallel to the body at about shoulder-width apart.
2. Draw your abdominals in (activate) making sure gluts are also activated to hold a nice solid plank (make sure body straight as possible) i.e. bum high in the air or sagging through the lower back, use mirror if possible.

core strength exercises in york gym
core strength exercises in york gym

Core Stability with Danny Allan at Swift Fitness York

Training For Injury Prevention at our York Gym.

Fitness is the foundation of good health and injury prevention, and at Swift Fitness York we really want to keep all of our members and pay as you go customers injury free, so here are some ideas for you to look at and use whilst training in our city centre gym.

One huge factor to think about is that strong core muscles are the foundation of a fit none injured individual.

Our core muscles enable us to stand upright, shift our body weight, and move in any direction. Abdominals are only a small part of the system of muscles that make up the core.

The core muscle groups are divided into two types, stabilisation and mobilisation. Stabilisation muscles help us maintain good posture and support our body, while mobilisation muscles help to function to move our bodies.

Weak core muscles contribute to poor posture, lower back pain, and injuries. Our core strength can be evaluated through two aspects of our posture, static and dynamic. We observe static posture when we stand, or balance on one leg.

Dynamic posture functions to maintain a strong posture as we move in activities like squatting, stepping, and lunging.

To build a strong core to prevent injuries, we need more than flat abdominals or a six-pack. Comprehensive core exercises work the core muscle from our hips to our shoulders. A core* exercise is any exercise that involves the coordinated use of these muscles. Below are some examples;

See below advanced core strengthen exercises.

TRX plank hold

TRX plank hold

Kneeling bar hold

Kneeling bar hold

Training your core will help to strengthen the abdominal and back muscles you need to do everyday tasks. A strong core can also prevent injury as you progress in your gym life

There are areas on the ground floor and 1st floor where you can carry out core exercises

A Bridge:Lie on your back with your knees bent, and then raise your hips off the floor until they are aligned with your knees and shoulders, and hold the position as long as you can.

The Superman:Lie face down on a padded surface with your arms stretched straight out above your head. Raise your left arm and right leg about 6 inches off the floor, and hold for 3 seconds. Relax, then repeat with the opposite arm and leg.

I hope you have found this useful and continue to use our Swift Fitness York blogs to your advantage, if you require us to cover any particular topic please get in touch.

Many thanks

Danny Allan

Personal Trainer

Swift Fitness York

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