Everyone pretty much knows the answers regarding ABS Training. Core training is a whole different ballgame. CORE is defined as the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex, the thoracic, and cervical spine. There are over 25 muscles that made up the core. An even better question, I think Kurt would be “What is the function of the core?” Once you know the answer to that, then you can see the vase difference between the two. The core’s function is to provide dynamic stability during functional activities
Just remember that ab training is all that is. Core training, as you know, involves the abdominal muscles and those of the lower back.
Even if a person says they want ab training, they may not be aware or understand the need to train the entire core. Always educate them on that and program for the core, rather than just the abs.
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.
Harold E. Rose, Jr.
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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