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- Okay, so the next topic that we're gonna talk about are what is the difference between abdominal exercises and core exercises. Or, are they the same thing?
- So, the two are usually used interchangeably, erm, and one is part of the other, but they're not the same thing. So, the abdominal muscles, which are usually the muscles at the front of our trunk and also our sides which are rectus abdominis, and also obliques. They are part of the core, but the core itself is something which is made up of many other muscles, which will be all around our trunk area, and they include muscles around the hip, muscles or lift muscles that also stabilize our spine, and around our shoulder deltoids. So, from all that you can imagine how many muscles and the core is made up of. So, the main difference that we need to discuss about is what you should prioritize in your training , what you should do one above the other. So, in general, core training is one of the most important things that we can do as individuals, just because either if you're an athlete, if you're a non athlete, it just helps us with our posture, it also helps us with producing more force if we're doing a sport, because at the end of the day, everything comes from our core, so that we can then transfer it to our limbs, and to what we need to do. One of the first things we need to be able to train or to prioritize, is of course stability. So, first to be able to do a movement efficiently, we need to be stable on our two feet, or just on our one feet and in different positions that we're going to be in our life, and also in our training. So with core stability training, we need to prioritize bracing or isometric training, which will usually be the typical plank, side plank, also bridges are part of your core because you're strengthening your glute muscles, which, and the little glute muscles, which are around our hips, there's also rotational exercises, there's anti rotational exercises, so these can be done in quite a lot of different varieties, and progressions or regressions depending on what your level of training is. When we then talk about the abdominal exercises, we, obviously we can train abdominals, and when we aren't doing our core stability stuff, we are still training our abdominals without really knowing, but if we do really want to train our abdominals a little bit more, or if we're focusing to make our abdominals show, maybe for a summer holiday or something like that, there's nothing wrong in training your abdominal muscles. When we talk about abdominal muscle training, we usually talk about flexion. When we're bringing our trunk forwards, or else less reflection or rotation as well. So, the main issue with abdominal training is that some people do do a lot of flexion, and when we are doing a lot of flexion, that is usually, can be, not always, can be quite damaging to our back. So that is also one of the reasons why primarily you need to be doing your core stability exercises. Because you are strengthening your back muscles while doing that, and then if you want to do your abdominal muscle training, you can also do that. So yeah, just go for two of them, but me personally, I would never neglect the core stability or strength, I would rather neglect the abdominal training as well. The last thing I just want to touch about is core training within compound exercises. So, although you are using your core to stabilize your self, to maybe keep your chest upright and maybe keep a good posture, maybe a squat, a deadlift, which is quite crucial, we cannot expect that we are doing enough training for our core just by doing the main lifts, we need to make sure that the core is quite strong before we start lifting heavy, so that it doesn't weaken your build where it's quite damaging that we then cannot do any of compound lifts because we've hurt somewhere crucial.