If you want to rearrange your workout, organization is certainly important. You don't want to dive headfirst into heavy lifts without a warm-up, but you also don't want to burn yourself out before your most important exercises. One common workout formatting strategy? Saving core work for the end.
The basic weight room workout seems to follow this order: warm-up, big lifts, accessory exercises, core work. You've probably performed a hundred workouts following that basic format, and you've always saved core work until the end. But just because something's the norm doesn't necessarily mean it's right. Here's why you need to re-think the way you approach core training.
Your core, commonly defined as the collection of muscles around your lower back and midsection, might be the single most important area of your body when it comes to athletic performance.
If you think of your body as a giant chain, your core is the center link that holds everything together. Without a strong and stable core, power cannot be adequately transferred through the body, and this has a negative impact on performance.
Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce summed it up best. "Your core is like your engine. It triggers everything and gets everything going," Kelce told STACK. "Guys can be as big as they want, but if they're weak in the core, they're not going to be a good football player."