Fitness Boot Camp: Effective Core Training Exercises

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 23, 2012

You may think that the military isn’t for you, but if you want to act on your New Year’s resolution and get in shape, the military may be your only hope. After you ring in 2012, commit yourself to a life as a marine with a military-style workout that will send you on your way to developing your own intense workout regimen with tips for effective core training.

At Pure Power Boot Camp, there is a dedicated soldier inside of everyone, and whether you are looking to get in shape or build more muscle in the upcoming year, focusing on effective core training is key for developing a well-balanced and sculpted physique. Building a strong core can help to reduce back pain, improve posture imbalances and enhance athletic performance for better health and productivity.

Your core’s primary goal is to provide a stable platform which launches all of our movement by stabilizing the spine. The core also generates the rotational force needed for many athletic movements including throwing, swinging, striking and twisting. It is important to realize that you are only as strong as your core, and a weak core limits your strength capacity. Therefore, a great way to strengthen your core is to practice the right exercises and Pure Power Boot Camp recommends the most effective workout you can try at home.

Plank Exercise

Start this exercise with your forearms and toes on the floor while keeping your torso straight and rigid facing your body downwards. Your body should be in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending, and your head should be relaxed while looking at the floor. Slowly raise one leg five to eight inches off the floor and count to five while lifting and lowering your leg. Switch legs and do two to three set of ten reps as desired.

Basic Push Up

The basic push-up is simple and very effective for strengthening your upper body and core strength. When practiced properly, this technique can be used to strengthen muscles in the chest, shoulders, triceps, back abdominals and the legs. Start this position by getting on the floor and positioning your hands slightly wider than your shoulders. Raise up onto your toes and be sure to keep your body in a straight line from head-to-toe without sagging or arching your back. Contract your abs and tighten your core by pulling your belly button toward your spine. While keeping a tight core, inhale as you slowly bend your elbows and lower yourself until your elbows are at a 90-degree angle. Repeat this procedure for as many repetitions as desired.

Oblique Lunge and Twist

This exercise builds lower body strength and performing a walking lunge with alternate twisting from right to left engages the quads, glutes and core while improving balance and proprioception, the reception of stimuli produced within your body. Begin this exercise by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart with your hands at your side. Step forward with your left foot into a lunge position and twist your upper body to the left from your torso, stretching your arms out to the left. Maintain a slow, controlled movement and slowly move your arms to the center and step forward with the opposite foot and twist to the other side. Continue the movement for about ten steps. Complete two steps and repeat as desired.

About Pure Power Boot Camp

Pure Power Boot Camp is a military style fitness boot camp headquartered in New York City. Since 2004, Pure Power Boot Camp consistently trains civilians in a no nonsense, yet positive setting. All platoons are taught by former military, which ensures the authenticity and highest standard of excellence. PPBC is the nation’s only indoor obstacle/confidence course.

For more information on Pure Power Boot Camp or boot camp NY training, please call 212.414.1886 or visit


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