Do you have six-pack abs? If not, chances are you would love to have a six-pack. Most people admire, and long for, that six-pack stomach, especially during the summer months when it’s fun to show off a firm, tanned body. You may have heard a lot about core training over the past several years. When most people think of their “core,” they think of their abs. However, core training involves more than developing a “six pack”–which focuses on the rectus abdominis muscle–and believe it or not, the importance of core training does not lie in developing a six-pack alone. There is much more to it.

The What

The word core refers to the midsection of your body, or torso, which involves your front, back, and sides. Your front muscles, lower back muscles, and the muscles between your ribs and abdomen all work together to stabilize your entire body. These muscles include the:

  • Rectus abdominis
  • Traverse abdominis
  • Erector spinae
  • Obliques
  • Lower lats

The Why

Over the past several years there has been a huge push for core training. Americans have become more sedentary over the years due to office jobs and TV. Many of us sit from nine to five, drive to and from work, and then watch TV in the evenings. Prolonged sitting and lack of exercise weakens your core muscles. Your core is important for your posture, balance, and your overall body strength. Weakened core muscles can lead to lower back pain and protruding waistlines. Strong core muscles are good for your posture and can give you strength and endurance when running, walking, exercising, or performing day-to-day tasks.

Urban Core

Open to Urban Vybe Basic and Premier Members, our Urban Core class focuses entirely on gaining strength and balance in your core muscles using yoga postures, Pilates exercises, and traditional strength training with weighted balls.

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