When we ask women, particularly those who have had children, which body part(s) they most want to improve we often hear “my core.” And while it’s not possible to spot treat any one particular area, there certainly are exercises you can do to strengthen and tighten your core. But before we get into core exercises and benefits, let’s define what “core strength” means and why it’s so important to your overall health and fitness.
Unfortunately, many people carry the misconception that core strength is synonymous with abdominal strength. While that is partially true – your abs are part of your core – there’s a lot more to it. Your core is your power center. It includes the abdominals AND all of the muscles in your midsection, like the stabilizing muscles that run alongside your spine, obliques, and lower lats.
Strengthening your core provides a wide range of benefits, some of which include: alleviating and/or preventing back pain, improving posture, and enhancing overall athleticism. It is also critical for balance, posture, and nearly every physical activity.
Because core strength plays such a key role in our everyday health, Total Woman Gym + Spa offers several core-focused classes. Our most popular core classes are:
“Abs and Assets”: The class takes a laser focused approach to toning and defining the muscles in your midsection, hips, buttocks, and thighs — all the areas women tend to focus on most. Pair it with cardio for a well-rounded workout.
“Bosu Blast”: The BOSU® Balance Trainer is a large “1/2 ball” with a solid. It allows you to progress most any floor exercise and is excellent for cardio, strength training, core stability, and balance. Whether you are looking to tone and strengthen, improve your core strength, lose weight, or simply get healthy and fit, Bosu Blast is a fun and effective way to get there. .
“Power Core”: This unique class offering is a fusion of Yoga and Pilates. Power Core utilizes a series of poses and flows designed to enhance your core strength, balance, and endurance while improving your posture, energy, and flexibility.
The fitness program at Total Woman Gym + Spa gives is tailored specifically to the needs of women, and has plenty of options when it comes to core training. In addition to our core-specific classes, group fitness classes like barre, yoga, and Pilates also promote core stability. We also have a team of certified personal trainers who can answer questions or provide condition-specific exercises for core strength and stability.
Ready to stand taller, feel stronger, and tone your midsection? Come on in to Total Woman today and activate your FREE 3 Day Pass. While on your free trial you can take as many group fitness classes as you desire – including core classes like Abs and Assets, Power Core, and Bosu Blast.
Core focused classes vary from 30 to 50 minutes in length and appropriate for all fitness levels. Wear sneakers or tennis shoes and comfortable, sweat-wicking clothes that do not restrict movement.