Please enjoy this re-posted article from last year. While the comments may be outdated, the info in the article is timeless!
Think core training involves just a bunch of sit-ups, crunches and bicycles? Actually, true core training requires much more than just abdominal conditioning. The abdominal muscles play a very limited and specific role in your overall core.
Your core actually consists of many different muscles that run the entire length of the torso. These muscles stabilize the spine from the pelvis to the neck and shoulder, and provide a solid foundation for powerful movements of the arms and legs.
Your strength originates from the center of your body out — never from your limbs alone. The goal of core stability is to maintain a solid foundation and transfer energy from the center of the body out to the limbs. The more stable the core, the more powerful the extremities can contract.
In addition to improving your overall strength, core training has some valuable side benefits: First, core training corrects postural imbalances that can lead to injuries. And, core training is integral in developing functional fitness — that is, fitness that is essential to regular, daily activities.
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IMAGE CREDIT & ARTICLE ADAPTED FROM: About.com: Sports Medicine