In all probability, core fitness is as old as any other training concept, and, in terms of programming, has been popular for well over a decade. It held a top-five spot among the 20 regimens listed in the American Sports College of Medicine’s (ACSM’s) Annual Survey of Fitness Trends between 2007 and 2010.
But it retains its popularity, and, in a sense, remains on the list. It’s been co-opted, this year, by other types of exercise—bodyweight training (No. 2); strength training (No. 5); group training (No. 6); and functional fitness (No. 12)—all of which utilize core training, to some extent, as a basis for stability.
From a technical standpoint, we know that core training targets the muscles around the abdomen, spine, and pelvic area to increase strength, flexibility, and stability. Beyond that, though, you’ll find a variety of views and convictions having to do with its application and execution. To create a comprehensive sense of the subject, CBI spoke to a number of experts, from across the fitness spectrum, about their core beliefs and philosophies—pun intended—current trends, common fallacies, and more.