Core training: how full-body training strengthens the torso

Core Training: mehr als Bauchmuskeltraining

Core training = abdominal muscle training? Not at all – to strengthen the core effectively, you need to train your whole body.

“Core” is often used as a synonym for the abdominal muscles. But it actually refers to all the muscles that stabilise the middle of the body. Far from being limited to the abdominal muscles, it includes many more muscles, such as the pelvic floor and all the muscles that stabilise the body's centre.

Core training strengthens the whole torso

Effective core training isn't simply a question of training your abdominal muscles. To develop full body stability, you also need to exercise your legs, back and arms. This is what really challenges the torso and leads to effective core strength.

Core training is therefore an ideal form of training for back pain.

Core Training gegen Rücken­schmerzen

Unser Rumpf ist Übergang und Schaltzentrale für alle Bewegungen des Körpers. Zudem hat der Rumpf die wichtige Aufgabe, die Wirbelsäule vor Belastungen zu schützen. Ein stabiler Rumpf ist deshalb zentral, um Rückenschmerzen vorzubeugen. Eine starke Muskulatur nimmt Last von der Wirbelsäule und vermindert so Schmerzen im Rücken. Core Training eignet sich deshalb optimal als Trainingsmethode bei Rückenschmerzen.

Beginners’ torso training without equipment: basics of a core workout

Claudia Schilter, group fitness trainer and qualified yoga teacher, demonstrates how to strengthen your body with a number of basic full-body exercises. This provides the body with functional strength, helping to boost the stability of your everyday movements and prevent injuries.

Claudia Schilter, group fitness trainer and certified yoga instructor, demonstrates the basic exercises.

Too easy? Advanced core workout

Once you’ve developed a feeling for your body stability, feel free to be creative with your training. For more challenging exercises, see the advanced options. You can boost the basic exercise with the use of dumbbells, for example. The additional weight on the arms means that the torso has to work harder to keep the body stable. A rolled-up mat under the feet also provides an additional challenge for your balance – and therefore your core muscles.

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