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Your core muscles work together to provide stability and balance and protect you from injury. The muscle you feel contracting deep in you abdomen when you cough is the transverse abdominis. Other major abdominal muscles include the external and internal obliques and the rectus abdominis. Major spinal muscles include the multifidus and erector spinae.

Your Core Muscles (click to enlarge):




The four elements of a
well rounded routine are:
Aerobic fitness
Muscular fitness
Stretching
Core stability



Here at CSMF we believe and encourage core strengthening because it is the foundation and energy source for all exercise formats and vital in our daily living activity.

Your body’s core is the area around your trunk and pelvis. When you have good core stability, the muscles in your pelvic, low back, hips and abdomen work in harmony. Strong core muscles make it easier to do most physical activities- from swinging a golf club to getting a glass off a top shelf or bending down to tie your shoes. Weak core muscles leave you susceptible to poor posture, low back pain and muscle injuries.

Balance, Coordination and Flexibility:

                  

As life progresses, these key elements are compromised. This functional loss varies from person to person and at varying stages of aging. Through guided exercise an increase in balance, coordination and flexibility are improved along with postural alignment changes, re-education and creation of new postural and biomechanical functioning and habits.

Meaning: you will move more freely in your body, feel taller and freer in your body, your posture will improve which reduces pain, circulation increases for a better exchange of nutrients gases and you will be more sure footed in your step.

The four elements of a
well rounded routine are:
Aerobic fitness
Muscular fitness
Stretching
Core stability
"Barbara has a huge breadth of knowledge when it comes to helping tone and strengthen our bodies. I play tennis regularly and was complaining of neck and back soreness. Barbara pointed out that ‘real’ tennis players do more than just play tennis – they need to work on strengthening their body for their sport in addition to core strengthening. Since practicing some very easy exercises she taught me, I do not have neck and back pain now and find that I can play tennis more often also. I highly recommend Barbara for her patience and training expertise."

- Stephanie A.
Weight Loss Health Coach
Hillsboro, OR.