WEAKNESS IN CORE = PAIN JUST WAITING TO HAPPEN
YES, the most valuable part of our body to preventing injury and improving performance is our “core.”
AND YES……it is the 6 pack muscles that get seen at the beach.
AND YES, YES, YEEEEEESSSS…..a strong core makes you a better athlete and move better.
BUT…… your CORE has very little to do with muscles that you see.
FIRST, take a quick look at where our 6-pack muscles (rectus abdominis) live. Essentially they attach from the rib-cage to the pelvis and their job is to “flex the spine.” In other words, bring your chest towards your hips or your hips towards your chest. This is a muscle action that you don’t depend upon for a whole lot of functional activities. (honestly, most people really only use them like this in the gym or may be your first movement to get out of bed)
Maybe, it is time we just say “NO” to SIT-UPS.
Ok, maybe not all together but what we need to understand is that our CORE includes more than just the 6 pick. In when talk about human function, nothing could be more important than being able STABLIZE AND CONTROL our spine.
In fact, if your 6 pack muscles get too tight, they make it difficult to extend through the hips and the upper back when we need to. Again, think about that picture. Remember, you ab’s pull your chest forward. This rounds out your upper back, roll’s your shoulders and pushes your head forward, this…….IS NOT GOOD!
So my advice…..improve you function and spinal health with more complete training.
HERE ARE FOUR REASON’S THAT YOU NEED TO DO “UN-SEXY” EXERCISE’S LIKE SIDE PLANKS:
1. Your inner core muscles help you absorb shock and impact of the ground every single time you take a step or land from a jump (i.e. box jump, clean, snatch, etc.).
2. The muscles that make up your inner core (trans abdominis, obliques, etc.) help support the spine, pelvis and hips.
3. These muscles provide a stable base for the rest of your body to move from.
4. They also control balance and are involved heavily in creating our ability to rotate when we do things like run or throw objects.
Make a Better Choice.