What is Core Fitness?
Core fitness training emphasises exercises that strengthen your body’s muscular ‘core’; the abdomen, back, hips, and pelvis areas. For martial artists, a strong core is integral to the fluid performance of techniques that depend on the controlled use of different muscle groups working in tandem.
At SMA, core fitness is considered to be fundamental to the achievement of the mind-body balance that every martial artist should pursue. Its training is not limited to the martial artist however, and anyone, from any walk of life, is encouraged to join our core fitness classes – whether to ease their mastery of the arts, or simply to look good for beach bathing in the summer months.
At the SMA Centre, our core fitness program was originally structured for use by martial artists, for whom core strength is essential to meeting the demands of training and competition.
For this reason, the classes are dynamic affairs. We utilize an array of equipment, from Swiss balls and kettle bells, to your own body weight that change up from one session to the next. This ensures a mentally stimulating, balanced workout, that carries less risk of injury than simply weight-lifting your way to big muscles.
Advantages of a Strong Core
The value of powerful and effective core exercises is hardly a mystery.
From the Mayo Clinic to Men’s Health, every authority and pseudo-authority in the field of health and fitness recommends strengthening of the core muscles – whether to earn a beach-ready body or for the health benefits that come from an extensive regimen of core-building workouts.
Aside from the toned abs and trim figure that a good core workout can help you achieve, other benefits include a strong lower back, improved sports performance, better posture, better balance, and an enhancement of one’s performance in all day-to-day activities.