Over the past two weeks, I’ve discussed the five components of a workout in The 90-Day Home Workout Plan. This week I’ve transitioned to the most frequented subject in fitness today – core training. A lot of people fixate on this area with little knowledge of what they are actually addressing. Yes, training your midsection is core training. However, the midsection on makes up a portion of the core. Let’s look at the core further.

The Fourth Component of a Workout: Core Training

The core, also known as the trunk, addresses the major muscles that move, support and stabilize your spine[i]. This includes the entire abdominal area from the front to the back and the small muscles along the spinal column. These muscles help you bend forward, stand up straight, bend backwards and sideways, twist, draw your stomach in and stabilize the spine during movement.

In The 90-Day Home Workout Plan, the isolated core exercises signify the end of a workout. The core exercises in this workout are done slowly: a 3-count exertion, 3-count hold and a 3-count release. Breathe as natural as possible since most of these movements test your will to push forward. When you feel your breathing or your heart rate increase, slow down or pause. This is when you should start to slow down your breathing, decrease your heart rate and cool down.

Extensive Core Training Coverage

It’s my belief the core is the foundation of your body. If you build a solid core, then the body will become resilient and stronger. Of course, I have a variety of books, blog posts and email newsletters devoted to core training. Simply go to DaleLRoberts.com/my-book-shelf to browse the selection. If you’re on a strict budget, then take a look at my complimentary ebook collection at DaleLRoberts.com/my-book-shelf/.

Stay tuned to DaleLRoberts.com, you’ll get the final component of a great workout. Remember to scroll up and subscribe to this blog so you get post updates. Until Tuesday, kick ass and take names!

(Excerpt also featured in The Ultimate Home Workout Plan Bundle)

This blog post proposes exercise recommendations and all readers should consult a qualified medical professional before starting this or any other health & fitness program. As with any exercise program, if you experience any discomfort, pain or duress, stop immediately and consult your doctor. The author of this blog post disclaims any liabilities or losses in connection with the exercises or advice herein. You should inspect any equipment or workout area in advance as free of danger, flaw or compromise. The user assumes all responsibility when performing any movements contained in this blog and waives the equipment manufacturer, makers, and distributors of the equipment of all liabilities.

[i] Delaney, Bindi. (2013, October 11). Muscles of the Core. Retrieved from http://www.acefitness.org/blog/3562/muscles-of-the-core