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!
True Core Stability IS…
- 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!)
So How Do We Do That?
First come these understanding of the anatomy of the spine. The bones of your back are held together by some very deep ligaments and a special arrangement of joints and discs that allows huge mobility of the spine. Some people have more ‘give’ in their ligaments than others, meaning they have even more mobility, and more of a demand for true core stability.
The outer muscle layers, the ones that you see when someone has a six pack, are more designed for movement than stability, and so work powerfully for a short period of time. They have to be trained quite differently to the deep muscles, as they are actually a different type of muscle fibre.
Core stability is essential not just for professional athlete or a dancer, but anyone wishing to preventing many back pain issues. It is an area that is the base of almost all day-to-day movements.
In our training we focus into this important area very carefully, using specific exercise routines, helping you develop the core strength & stability, bringing the joy of movement & flexibility and well as confidence to your life.
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