Below is the latest installment of SUP Fitness Knowledge from Ramsay Mead of Paddle Core Fitness.
When someone talks about the core, they’re referring to the powerhouse of deep muscles within the abs and back, attaching to the spine or pelvis. This is the vital area that is the focal point for fitness and health and is the central part of the body located within the torso and hips. Another way to look at it is to remove the head, arms and legs and what we have left is the core. At the root of the core is the pelvic floor, this area of muscles helps stabilize the pelvis, and support the organs of the lower abdominal cavity, like the bladder and the uterus. The pelvic floor muscles, along with the deep muscles of the back and abdomen, for the group of muscles we work when we focus on developing baseline core strength. Moving up the chain of command through the foundation from the pelvic floor, we integrate to the more popularized muscles of the core. This spotlight is shared with many muscles, however the main stars of the core include:
Transverse Abdominus (TVA) – the deepest of the abdominal muscles, this lies under the obliques (muscles of your waist). It acts like a weight belt, wrapping around your spine for protection and stability.Diaphram – a large breathing muscle that works with the inner unit
External Obliques – these muscles are on the side and front of the abdomen, around your waist.
Internal Obliques – these muscles lie under the external obliques, running in the opposite direction.