There is no separation between these two. The real issue is that previous science has updated to see that the old school crunch (or worse sit up) is not that effective to train the core. This is because it has been found that the rectus abdominis is not as important to stability as previously thought. But now we know that all of the spinal stabilizers need to be trained and that the rectus abdominis is a minor player in that arena.
It’s a very small difference. The answers give are excellent.
Ab training targets the four abdominal muscles. Core training includes training of the lower back muscles and the obliques, a tough muscle group to target. If I would have spent my time training my core, I would ave been better off than just focusing on abs.
Take care, Danny
The abdominals are mainly anterior muscles. Sits up and crunches are just examples of some exercises that address that area. Core training involves movments that engage the musculature from the hips to the shoulders and require the complete cooperation of neuromuscular system. This will allow the actions to proceed smoothly.
Everyday actions as well as athletic activities require neuromuscular integration from the hips to the shoulders. From reaching up over your head and behind you to get something from the shelf to dragging something heavy on the ground and moving it to your opposite side, these are actions that involve the entire core. Any exercise or movement that would simulate and enhance these actions would be core training.
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