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4 things you are totally getting wrong about working out your core

Published on:29 August 2020, 14:23pm IST
Did you know that your core muscles are not just restricted to your abs? Today, we are busting this and more such myths about core training.
Chetna Pattnaik
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Core strengthening exercises can help you improve your fitness level in multiple ways. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Your core is a quintessential part for your overall body movement—especially since every physical activity that you do is enabled primarily by your core muscles. And that is why core training is given such importance in fitness and physical training. However, there are lot of myths we need to burst before you start working on your core.

We spoke to Mumbai-based fitness trainer, Subhadeep Ray Choudhury to help us bust myths about working on your core muscles. So let’s begin, shall we?

Myth #1: Abdominal muscles make up your core
Well sure abdominal muscles are a part of your core but they are not all that’s there. Says Choudhury: “The core comprises of multiple groups of muscles. They attach to the abdominals, pelvis, spine and hips.”

“So, the next time someone asks you to concentrate on your core, don’t just your focus to your abdominals; and engage your diaphragm, pelvic muscles and deep spinal muscles as much,” he adds.

Myth #2: Crunches are the best core exercise
Again, crunches only target the abdominal muscle group.  No doubt they do a great job at it but if you want to truly engage and train the entire core, you should do planks instead.

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Ladies, make the most out of those core-strengthening planks.

Myth #3: You should work on your core daily
Explains Choudhury: “Your core functions just like any other muscle in your body and needs its time to recover. With all the activities that you do, not just while you are working out but in your daily lives as well, you are constantly engaging with your core. So, over the time your core tends to get weak.”

Train your core every alternate day and make sure you are consistent with it. Core strength is something that you will feel even before you see the results starting from enhanced posture, better stability, and stronger movement throughout your whole body. It takes its own time and you need to be patient with it, but your consistency with your core will definitely pay off.

Myth #4: Abs are sign of core strength
“For sure abs look great!  However, they are not a certification for deep core stability or strength. I have seen a lot of people equate abs with fitness but that’s never the case,” says Choudhury.

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Abs don’t measure for core strngth. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Abs are muscle definitions that seem tone upon emphasizing your abdominal muscle group. Ironically, toned abs can even lead to muscular imbalances in your back.

Now that we’ve cleared all your doubts, we hope you will train your core better for great results.

Chetna Pattnaik Chetna Pattnaik

Understanding fitness the hard way, Chetna has finally learnt to strike a balance between her protein shake and her beer and making room for her writing desk and her gym at the same time.