Engaging Your Core 101

If you’ve ever worked with a personal trainer, gone to a group fitness class, or watched a workout video on Youtube, you’ve almost undoubtedly heard the phrase “engage your core”. I’ll admit, I’ve been guilty of using it. But to redeem myself I’m going to do my best to break down what this elusive phrase actually means.

Simply put, “engaging your core” is having the ability to activate the muscles that make up your core region. This creates a strong foundation for all your movements. But before I get into the how-to’s, let’s talk about what your core actually is…

The core is made up of a few main muscle groups located in and around the torso region of the body. There’s the:

  • Erector spinae: responsible for keeping your spine upright
  • Transverse Abdominis: responsible for keeping your organs in place
  • Rectus Abdominis: the “show-off” abs
  • Pelvic Floor: responsible for the alignment of your pelvic region
  • Internal and External Obliques: primarily responsible for rotation
  • Glute Muscles: the muscles that pad your seat

There are also dozens of muscles with functions that run throughout this region, but for our purposes I’ll refer to these major ones. Each of these muscles groups play a role in initiating and carrying out your movements. Knowing how to effectively “engage your core” will ultimately help you increase your day to day quality of life.

So how do you actually engage your core? This video is designed to give you the education you need in order to activate those muscles, and build a great core foundation. Watch it now.


And you did it! You can finally go into that fitness class with confidence because you actually understand what the f*ck that instructor is talking about. Some of you might have begun shaking, some of you might have really sore abs, and that’s totally fine. Like I said, it’s not easy – it takes a lot of neuromuscular control. For many people, performing this technique may have been the first time you’ve tapped into those muscles in a long time. 

Continual practice of this technique is key to mastering core engagement. Now you have the basics to do just that. If you have any questions, feel free to drop them in the comments! If you learned a little something, leave a like and share!

Until next time…  -Eva



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