Having a strong and healthy core is an important part of being physically fit enough to perform at a top level in many sports. This ranges from Hockey, Football and even Running to Rugby or Soccer.
Our core is one thing that often gets overlooked and I’m not just talking about your abdominals but also your back muscles.
Taking some time out of each week maybe 3-4 days is a worth while idea to ensure you’re maintaining and developing more strength in your core.
Here are a few pieces of Sports Equipment which you might consider for core strengthening.
Chin Up Bar: This might seem odd considering we’re talking about strengthening our core, but we’re not going to use this piece of equipment as a chin up bar. Instead we’re going to hang from it straight armed and do knee lifts or leg lifts if you can. Simply pull your knees upwards towards your chest. This is using your core muscles to pull your legs and will have a great effect on your abs.
Ab Belts: An ab belt on its own isn’t going to make your super man, but it’s a nice addition to other core workouts you’re doing. Ab belts, such as the Flex Belt, use proven Electronic Muscle Stimulation to strengthen your abdominals. You can read more in many flex belt reviews that are available online, but the basic concept is you wear the belt 4-5 times a week for 30 minutes and it forces your abs to flex and contract similar to a sit-up. You’ll get a workout while you’re able to do other things around the house still.
Exercise Bands: If you’ve never done a resistance workout then these might not make a ton of sense to you but they’re also an excellent and very portable piece of sports equipment to help strengthen your core.
Fitness resistance bands can allow you to emulate just about any movement you could do with a full home gym machine, and more. Specific back and ab exercises will have you strengthening up your core in no time.
A good set to look at is the Bodylastics exercise band kit. It has everything you’ll need to get started.