The Truth about Core Stability
We all know that we need it, and most you are probably already be doing some sort of training for it. But are you really doing what you need to do to get the most out of your core stability training…?
Various issues in the hips and backs mostly appear from a lack of true deep core control. A lot of exercises that you think can make you stronger in fact are ineffective for what actually needs to be working, and in some cases the exercises were a contributing factor to the injury!
- The ability to control the spine dynamically, that is, with movement.
- Fine co-ordination of all of the muscles that control your trunk, not just the abdominals.
- The ability to adjust the level of control needed, depending on the situation.
- Creating a stable base off which to work the limbs.
- Stabilizing the mid-section to allow smooth and effective transfer of force through the body.
Next up there is a series of very deep muscles that help support the position of the spine. These are called postural muscles and are designed to be on a little bit, most of the time. Your deep back muscles, deep abdominals, pelvic floor and diaphragm all lead into the fascia that attaches into the spine and can help to stabilise it.
Core stability is not about doing hundreds of sit ups, getting a ‘six-pack’ or being able to hold a plank position for 3 minutes (although these do still have their purposes!)