Your core muscles are used to stabilise your back, pelvis and hips. If you have weak core muscles you will be susceptible to back pain and other injuries that result from running or walking with incorrect posture. The inner core muscles include the deep muscles running alongside your spine, the muscles of the pelvic floor, the deep abdominal muscle and the diaphragm. These muscles stabilise the spine, rib cage and pelvic girdle so that the head, arms and legs are able to work efficiently (Paul Chek, 2004). The outer core muscles are the Rectus Abdominus, the Oblique muscles and the larger muscles along your spine. These muscles work to move the body but they need to work together with the inner core muscles for efficient movement. Ridgeway Fitness and Health core strength sessions will teach you how to strengthen the specific muscles of your core to help you move more easily while reducing risk of injury, and back pain.
Improved core strength therefore has the following benefits:
- Reduces risk of injuries
- Reduces back pain
- Helps both athletes and non-athletes move more efficiently
- Improves posture
- Supports the internal organs which can reduce menstrual pain and reduce risk of incontinence and prostate-related problems
Core strength sessions are tailored to each individual’s needs according to their strengths and weaknesses.