Effective Core Training

July 18, 2009

The other night, I was lying in bed and I decided to get a book off the floor.  I was lying on my right arm, which caused me to face the edge of the bed.  I leaned over the edge and stretched out my left arm to get the book off the floor.  Just then, I felt a force pushing me from behind out of the bed.  It was my wife, and she was up to one of her nefarious practical jokes.  Luckily my preternaturally strong core muscles somewhat came to the rescue.  Although my wife succeeded with her diabolical plot (I fell out of bed onto the floor), at least I was able to do so somewhat gracefully, and without injury:-)  See, core muscles really do help out in many ways, some of which are unexpected.

How do you effectively develop a healthy core?  You have to use a combination of “functional” training and “isolation” exercises.  Functional training is training the core muscles as they would be used in every day life, i.e. where those muscles support and stabilize the spine and pelvis.  An example of a functional training exercise is this: lie on your stomach, put a towel or one arm (say, your right arm) under your forehead, and raise your stretched out left arm while simultaneously raising your stretched out right leg.  This movement will cause lower back stabilization.

In contrast to functional training exercises, isolation exercises involve movements where the trunk muscles actively move the spine instead of only supporting it.  An example of a functional training exercise is the abdominal crunch.

Use both functional and isolation training for balanced core training.


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7 Responses to “Effective Core Training”

  1. Hi Darryl,

    I like your dear wife’s great good humor, and yours of course as a loving husband in finding her playfulness a GOOD thing! lol So important in love relationships.

    Take care,

    April Braswell

    Young Widows Grief Bereavement Counseling Vegas Orange County, Costa Mesa Fountain Valley Huntington Beach, CA

  2. Nefarious tricks are ESSENTIAL in happy marriages!

    Combined, of course, with a saving grace EXCELLENT shared sense of humor!

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

    Single Baby Boomer Dating Success Expert

  3. Haha! She wins 1-0! Your wife sounds like fun and you must be a great sport.

    The core is the key for so many things physical.


  4. John Ho says:


    Your story reminds me of a horrific incident I had years ago. One morning, I woke up, sneezed once or twice. Somehow I twisted my muscles and I waas in pain.

    For the 1st itme in my life, it literally took me 10 minutes just to get up from bed. I didn’t (& I still rarely realy take) any pain killer.

    I need 3-4 sessions of psysiotherapy to lossen back my muscles or put them back in place. From then on, I appreciate the simple fact that I can move my body freely in itself is a blessing and I have much more empathy with those people who are handicapped.

    John Ho
    Numerology Expert Helps Understanding Personality for Better Influence & Persuasion (WordPress Blog)
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  5. Lynn Lane says:

    Always good to read your post. The core is a very important part of our health and long life.

    Lynn Lane
    Warrior Of Success Training

  6. JJ Jalopy says:

    Your wife sounds like a lot of fun! 🙂

    I like the sound of functional training exercises. Good to do something different!



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