We get it: Guys care about sculpting a six-pack. It's the crowning achievement of any fit dude, and probably requires the toughest combination of diet and exercise.
But just because your abs are part of your core doesn't mean that training your abs takes care of everything. Proper core training improves foundational strength that carries over to every other exercise, decreases low back pain, fortifies you against injury, and aids in functional movements.
The easiest way to think about what exactly constitutes the core is to place a finger at the top of your abdomen near your sternum, and another at the bottom of your glutes. Include all the muscles between those two points, deep and superficial, and you have your core muscles. (Yeah: It's more than your six-pack.)
Here are five ways you can better construct a solid core, in the truest sense of the word.