The core is defined as the muscular anatomy that controls and supports the spine and pelvis - say what?? Most (until taught otherwise) believe that the core is your (pretty, if you can get em) six packs?!! But generally speaking, core muscles, and I mean all of them, are arguably the most important strength and stability generators in the body since they contract every time we move. For example, when we stand up, sit down, raise an arm, or even move our fingers, elements of the core tighten in order to anchor the body, generate leverage and drive motion forward.
After over 30 years in fitness, working with 100’s of clients in rehab from a fall I’ve discovered the secret to better balance and not only the prevention of falling, but quicker recovery if you do fall...... and the most effective ways to tap into it.... do you know what I’m referring to??????Strengthening your CORE!!!!!!!
Most people will resolute to exercise more, eat less and drop the excess unwanted weight they’ve gained. The problem here is that most people will try to go from nothing to everything and will usually crash and burn somewhere around February, I believe there is a whole mindset here in making an attempt to change but not taking the right steps to do it and failing which leads to feelings of defeat and frustration.
Every year we say the same thing, I can’t believe it’s here, it feels so fast, this means.... winter. Jackets, layers, mittens, hats and boots. We go, sometimes overnight, from light weight clothing to heavy weight layers, from warm sunny days to cold snowy ones and as the weather changes, so will our bodies.
Did you know that glutes are responsible for aiding in pelvis and hip alignment and that without glute strength, lower back and hips are left unstable and therefore at risk for injury? The core method considers the glutes as part of the core therefore using/strengthening the glutes with every movement we perform is essential!
Cycle for Survival raises money to research and beat rare cancers which believe it or not, is anything other than breast, colon, lung and prostate. It's astounding to hear the statistics and to realize that these rare cancers have had little to no research, trials or funding for them until ten years ago when Cycle for Survival was created. Thanks to Cycle for Survival 100% of the money raised each year goes to rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Your core is comprised of many muscles but most people think it only refers to the six pack muscles. The six packs actually aren't the most important core muscle we have. If you've read my other articles, you know the most important muscle to strengthen is transverse abdominus, otherwise known as TA. TA is the foundation of our center and is what grounds us. If this muscle is weak it doesn't matter how many six packs we have, we will be missing a big piece of core strength puzzle!