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What Is Core Strength?

Posted by Trish18 May 15, 2006



(Another great sports tip from guest blogger Jon Doyle of




"Core Strength" is currently a hot buzz phrase. But, what exactly does it mean?




Basically the "Core" of your body is from your mid-thigh to right below your chest. These muscle groups comprise of what is considered by many the power center of the body.




This is where speed, power, and strength all originate from. If you have great core strength you will have an advantage over your opponent. In addition, tremendous core strength will also help prevent back, knee and shoulder injuries as well.




Sadly, most core training programs consist of only crunches. While crunches are OK exercises, they will do very little for the core. Ground-based exercises that focus on training movement patterns will do a far superior job in developing the core strength that is needed to perform great and injury-free.




(Jon Doyle is a former NCAA All-American baseball player who now works as a strength and conditioning specialist. For more tips check out [|http://www.baseballtraining



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