Isometric core exercises are superior to traditional dynamic exercises for building core muscles because they develop core stiffness and spinal stability.
Core stiffness is vital for gym goers and athletes alike because it strengthens core muscles and improves endurance, reduces lower back pain and boosts sports performance and day to day activities. Greater core stiffness transfers strength and speed to the limbs, increases the load bearing capacity of the spine and protects the internal organs during sports movements.
A series of studies directed by the University of Waterloo in Canada showed that isometric exercises for the core resulted in greater core stiffness than whole body dynamic exercises that activated core muscles.
So the next time you’re thinking of changing up your workout routine, consider including some form of core workout. Exercises such as side planks, TRX mountain climbers, wheel roll outs, carry exercises, landmines, cable chops and bear crawls could be in your arsenal.
Until the next time, keep it healthy and keep it simple.