One of mistakes people often make is thinking that “Abdominal Work” and “Core Stabilization” are one-in-the-same. However, experts will agree that this is most definitely NOT the case and it is important for people to understand the distinction between the two to reduce (and eliminate) the risk of injury.
One of mistakes people often make is thinking that “Abdominal Work” and “Core Stabilization” are one-in-the-same. However, experts agree that this is most definitely NOT the case and it is important that people understand the distinction between the two.
So, what is the difference? Here’s a simple and effective way of distinguishing one from other:
“Abdominal work” is a generic phrase used to describe any type of exercise that works mainly the Rectus Abdominus (the wash-boards) or the Obliques; these common exercises include “Crunches and Crunches with a twist”.
Training one’s “core stabilization muscles” is a very specific and well thought-out sequencing of exercises to strengthen the muscles all around the spine and not just the abdominal muscles at the front of the spine. These muscles are known as the “Inner Unit” muscles of the Anatomical “Belt” or “Corset” and consist of:
2. Pelvic Floor
3. Lumbar Multifidi
4. Transverse Abdominus
Training the core stabilizers is all about protecting the spine from injury during lifting, pushing, pulling or bent-over positions. When these “core” muscles are properly conditioned, and therefore contract correctly and in sequence, the spine experiences a natural, supportive compression that stabilizes it. This “spinal stabilization” then allows all other working muscles such as the arm and leg muscles to “anchor” off of it (the spine) for leverage during a squat, bent-over row, or chest press exercise without putting the spine at risk for injury.