When most people think of standard core workouts, the first thing they picture is tiresome, boring crunches. Contrary to popular belief, however, core exercises are a wide variety of much more than hundreds of crunches. True, functional core training is about power, strength, and stabilization. Strengthened core muscles create a solid base for your body and allow you to stand tall and strong on your two feet. You will stabilize your spine and improve your posture. You know that desirable toned look for which you've been fantasizing? Core workouts are the key to achieving such a look!
You should consider your core anywhere from your torso down to your hips. This is a huge and important area that allows functional movement in any direction and protects your spine and back. Your hip adductors, gluteus medius, gluteus minimus, erector spinae, rectus abdominis, gluteus maximus, hamstrings, piriformis, hip flexors, transverse abdominals, internal oblique, external oblique, and multifidus are all affected by core workouts!