Core strength is crucial for optimal health and wellness for several reasons. A strong core makes it easier to perform activities of daily living (ADA). It also provides people the ability to participate in more strenuous exercise. Additionally, strong core muscles help improve posture and protect the spine, reducing the chances of an injury to the back, which is one of the leading causes of permanent disability. There are several muscle groups that make up the core, however this routine isolates the rectus abdominis, obliques and erector spinae.
Aquatic fitness instructors are well aware that there are several ways to train the core. We do it vertically and horizontally in both shallow and deep water. Pool noodles and foam dumbbells are also excellent tools for training the core, as is wall work. All different types of training should be utilized to strengthen the core muscles as that represents the most functional and efficient approach to core strength. In land fitness, mat work is a common and long-used method for strengthening core muscles. The exercises that Jackie performs in the 15-minute Core Conditioning video will look familiar. These exercises represent the most basic anatomical movement to target core muscles, including spinal flexion, rotation and extension.
This video, along with S’WET PT are the last of the Fall 2021 produced videos to post. After our winter hiatus, filming production has once again resumed here in Sarasota and with it comes all new content, new video leaders and of course the return of popular and regular Fitmotivation content providers. We extend a big thank you to Jackie Lebeau for sharing her content and for providing the last three videos in the land fitness category. In addition to this core video, Jackie provided subscribers with Low-Impact Stepping and Seated Chair Yoga.
Fitmotivation is excited to continue the expansion of their land fitness category. Stay tuned! Lori Templeman will be back this May to film four more videos. In addition to a couple of aquatic fitness workouts, she will be filming two land fitness workouts, including mat yoga and a chair workout that utilizes a small ball.
Author: Mark Grevelding is the founder of Fitmotivation. He is also a training specialist and consultant with the Aquatic Exercise Association’s (AEA). Mark has been active in the fitness industry for 22 years as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, international presenter and a continuing education provider for AEA, AFAA & ACE.