Exercises that Build Core Strength
Exercises to build a strong core treat both the front of your body and the back as one solid unit.
When you transfer energy from your legs to your upper body, energy must be transferred through a solid conduit. A weak front or weak back allows the energy to escape and not reach its destination.
With heavyweights, energy leakage in front could cause an abdominal hernia, and if it leaks through the back, it could cause herniated discs.
In all core strengthening exercises, you need to learn to brace your core which means you tighten all the muscles around your spine. Tightening is not the same as hallowing that happens only in front like belly dancers.
Tightening the core muscle prepares the body to receive impacts like a kick or a punch.