KNOW YOUR ANATOMY | VS CORE

Updated: 6 days ago


Getting six-pack abs is perhaps one of the most common goals that trainees are looking after.


However, the six-pack is just one of the components of your abdominal musculature so it is a good idea to learn how to differentiate between the six-pack and the core.


In knowing the differences between the two, you will be able to create a much stronger core, overall.


This article is dedicated specifically to explaining the differences between the two, so let’s get to it!


The 6-Pack


It is a fact that a well-chiseled set of abs can make or break your physique, as it makes up a large portion of the front side of your torso.


The six-pack is technically 1 single muscle, called the “Rectus abdominis” and its main function is to move the body between the ribcage and the pelvis.


This muscle is targeted when you do exercises that make you curl your torso, or lift your legs/knees up.


Now, oppositely, the CORE is a group of muscles and as a matter of fact, the rectus abdominis is a part of your core.


Certainly because of the fact that the core is a bunch of different muscle groups, it has plenty of important functions, including but not limited to:


  1. Maintaining organ position

  2. Spinal support

  3. Stabilization

  4. Breathing assistance

  5. Balance

What Is The Core Made Of?


Alright so now you learned the basic difference between the six-pack and the core - The six-pack is a part of the core, which serves a variety of different functions.


So now you know the difference: The abs are a single muscle group, while the core is a set of muscles that includes the abs.


The abs, obliques, mid and lower back, and glutes are the main core muscles.


Try to feel your core engaging the next time you do a gym exercise like cable triceps pushdowns.


When it does, it is stabilizing the movement and helps you to remain in a static, upright position.


Unlike the abs, which serve only one function, the core is much more versatile.


To say the least, the core contains muscles that are deep and, for most trainees, unknown or ignored.


They are ignored often because most people just focus on the superficial abdominal musculature (the six-pack).


And though the six-pack looks cool, you must not ignore the other components of your core musculature, as they will help you perform better overall.


Athletes who focus on the heart are much more stable and healthy during dynamic physical activity than those who only exercise their "six-pack."


Furthermore, having a solid core is a great way to avoid certain injuries that are due to underdeveloped core musculature.


How To Train Your Core


This article was written for the sole purpose of instilling in you the belief that your mid-section is much more than a good-looking six-pack.


The six-pack is just one of the components of your core musculature, meaning that you should focus on that… And more!

Besides training the six-pack, you should also target the lower back, obliques, glutes, and inner abdominal muscles.


In doing so, you will not only develop a good-looking set of abs, but also a functional core that will help you with every other exercise, as well as your overall athletic performance.


Top 5 Abs & Core Exercises

Now here are our best picks for exercises that you can use to target the six-pack and the core.


You can include this in your regular training routine, but make sure that you are not doing them the day before heavy compound movements like squats and deadlifts, as this may compromise your performance and stability on those exercises.


#1 Floor crunch

The crunch is the most famous abs exercise, and even though many people dismiss it, it can be a viable tool for six-pack development.


One of the best variations in the floor crunch is during which you only flex the abs, without getting your torso completely off of the ground.


This allows for a strong, prominent contraction, which will inevitably bring better development of your abs.


#2 Hanging Legs Raises


The hanging leg raise is another great abs and core exercise, which can help you strengthen your six-pack and other stabilizing muscle groups.


The tricky thing with this exercise is getting into a rhythm, without swinging the torso out of control.