Core strengthening or core stability is the name given to the strengthening of the corset of muscles surrounding the back and abdomen.
We have separated exercises into beginners, intermediate and advanced core strengthening exercises. Although they may appear very simple to perform the exercises MUST be done whilst correctly contracting the core muscles.
Core strengthening is essential for all sports and is often overlooked. Core strengthening exercises can help prevent and cure back pain as well as improve sporting performance.
See introduction to core strengthening for a more detailed explanation of core strengthening benefits, core stability and the muscles involved.
Beginners core strengthening exercises
The following exercises are a good place to start and are probably some of the easier core strengthening exercises. It is important that the core muscles are contracted accurately before and throughout the exercises. They may seem simple but they should be performed slowly and under control at all times.
Intermediate core strengthening exercises
The following exercises are slightly more difficult than the beginners exercises. They begin to use some of the larger muscles groups. It is vitally important that the core muscles are contracted whilst performing these exercises to get maximum benefit. Do not simply do the exercise without thinking about and feeling the core muscles contracting properly. To get this right takes practice and should lead on from the beginners exercises.
Advanced core strengthening exercises
The following exercises are even more difficult still. However, the athlete should ensure the core muscles are properly contracted throughout in the same way as they for the easier exercises.