Core Strength


What Is Core Strength?

Core strength typically refers to the strength and stability of the muscles in the torso, particularly the muscles of the abdomen. The rectus abdominis (the “six-pack” muscles), transverse abdominis, and obliques are the primary muscles that make up the abdominal wall. They help flex the spine forward, rotate the torso, and stabilize the pelvis.

Various non-surgical and minimally invasive body contouring treatments are available to sculpt and tighten the abdominal area. These may include procedures such as laser liposuction, radiofrequency (RF) treatments, cryolipolysis (cool sculpting), or ultrasound therapy. These treatments are designed to target fat cells and stimulate collagen production, resulting in a smoother, more toned appearance.

What Causes Loss of Core Strength?

Sedentary Lifestyle

Lack of physical activity and regular exercise can lead to weakening of the core muscles over time. When the muscles are not engaged through movement and resistance training, they may become deconditioned and lose strength and definition.

Poor Posture

Prolonged periods of poor posture, such as slouching or sitting with a rounded back, can contribute to weakened core muscles. Inadequate support of the spine and pelvis can lead to muscle imbalances and decreased activation of the abdominal muscles.


As people age, muscle mass naturally decreases in a process known as sarcopenia. This age-related muscle loss can affect the strength and definition of the core muscles, making them appear less toned and defined.

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Pregnancy and childbirth can stretch and weaken the abdominal muscles, particularly the rectus abdominis muscles (the “six-pack” muscles) and the connective tissue between them (linea alba). This can result in diastasis recti, a condition where the abdominal muscles separate, leading to a loss of core strength and abdominal muscle definition.

Weight Gain

Excess body fat accumulation, particularly around the abdomen, can conceal the underlying abdominal muscles and make them appear less defined. Additionally, carrying excess weight can place extra strain on the core muscles, potentially leading to weakness and decreased functional strength.

Corrective Treatments