It is a common misconception that core strength refers only to the abdominal muscles, and that doing exercises to reinforce the ab region will be sufficient to achieve the goal of ‘stabilizing the core’. Although the abdominals are one component of the core, other parts that are forgotten are the lower back muscles and the muscles surrounding the pelvis.
The goal of core strength is to stabilize the torso, especially while other parts of your body are in motion. This ability allows you to protect your spine and maintain proper dissociation at the hip.
Exercises that can help improve your ‘core strength’ will include movements that require stability of the torso, such as plank, deadbug, or birddog. To challenge yourself, you can add movements of the limbs, such as leg lifts or shoulder taps in the plank position.