Why is core strength so important for powerlifting and bodybuilding?
No matter how hard you are training, a weak core won’t get you very far. Have you noticed any of
these signs of weak core strength?
- Sagging hips during push ups
- Arching lower back during planks
- Popping ribs in an overhead press
- Hunch back during a deadlift
- Back pain during or after any training
Core strength is the foundation of every exercise you do. If you treat it seriously, you will find yourself a stronger man in the long run.
What are the benefits of core strength in training?
Prevent injuries and correct posture. Back or spine injuries can be a death sentence to hard training
for a body builder. A weak core is the number one risk for these injuries. Core stability protects your
internal structures, especially the spine. Allow more powerful movement to your limbs. If you have a weak core, your limbs need to do the extra work to absorb the forces on the bar. By improving your core strength, your limbs are liberated to lift heavier weights.
What’s involved in core strength?
A lot of people think that core = abs. But the truth is abs are only part of the core and there are more muscles that attach to your spine and pelvis.
- Pelvic floor muscles
- Transversus abdominis
- Internal and external obliques
- Rectus abdominis
- Erector spinae
- Latissimus dorsi
- Gluteus maximus
As you can see, many big and small muscles groups work together to provide core stability. Even the
diaphragm that is important for breathing is an essential part of core strength. This is also why Total
Body Training gives you the best powerlifting results.
From today, don’t rush into a workout without activating your core. The stronger your core strength,
the heavier and longer you will be able to lift!