What is the “Core”?


The word “Core” gets thrown around so much that it has pretty much become a garbage term. The word when properly defined and understood can describe a great concept. Both for function and athletics. The term Core signifies that it is at the root of the body and is at the foundation of the body. Both for physique and performance if your core is weak or inefficient you are nowhere near your potential.

NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) described the core as the lumbo pelvic hip complex scapulae and thoracic spine. This means everything on your back going down to your hips and back up to the front of the rib cage. When most people think of the core they think abs.

If you want to perform better at your sport or even learn how to perform the lifts that will make you perform better you need to start at the core. In addition, if you have back, neck, hip and pretty much any joint pain having adequate core strength will help in most cases. This is especially true for young female athletes with knee pain.

Check out the video above I got from strengthcoach..com and start planking, side planking and bridging prior to every workout to a build or maintain some core stability.

Any questions or comments? As always do not hesitate to contact me.


Sergio Maldonado




About MaxOut Performance Fitness
Sergio Maldonado is a Sports Performance and Fitness Coach in the San Francisco Bay Area. He strives to be the best at what he does through training, professional development courses, and practice. The purpose of this blog is to get out some of the knowledge that he obtains to better help others in their pursuits towards fitness and a better life.

One Response to What is the “Core”?

  1. Joe C. says:

    Planking and strengthening my core has greatly helped with alleviating my back pain! Thanks Sergio!

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