What Is Core?
The core is the entire lumbo-pelvic-hip complex and the spine. The core is the power center of the body. A strong core is imperative for injury prevention, functional mobility and maintaining correct posture. The core stabilizing muscles become engaged when the body stabilizes itself when balance is challenged. Balance and core training are synonymous as a strong core transfers to a stable shoulder and pelvic girdle and then distally to the prime movers, the arms and legs. Training the core is a combination of strength, balance, agility and flexibility of the muscles that stabilize the trunk and spine.
Peter Twist of Twist Condition states, “ to train balance you must be out of balance, or instable rather than stable. Stabilizer muscles, the small muscles required to assist during balance, are not trained on convention strength machines and require individuals to be in a standing position or position of challenged support. If muscles on one side of the body are stronger or less flexible than its counterpart, you may be placing yourself in a biomechanical disadvantage. For example, repetitive use of your right hip musculature from shooting or golfing right handed will cause the muscles of the left hip to become very strong, powerful and sometimes tight, due to improper flexibility. These shortened muscles can affect the alignment of the pelvis, affecting postural alignment and performance.. Lower back sciatica, and inefficient transfer if energy during movement are amongst the leading causes of decreased performance.” From the Excelerate Sport Performance Certification manual.
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