The Core Method works by engaging your core while adding movements simultaneously. Doing this allows every movement to be controlled by you and your core. We make mindful movements and core controls movements… movements don’t control core.
What is your core?
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 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!
True core strength is when you are grounded, engaged, aware and functioning from the deepest layer of muscle to the most superficial, to assist your body in working and functioning properly!
I’ve attached a photo of the muscles that comprise the core and will break each one down in explanation of daily function in life.
Function of Transverse Abdominus- you can see that this is the deepest layer of muscle tissue we have. Did you know that it also wraps around us like a tube sock and is the only muscle in our entire body that is tubular in shape? It begins at the last rib and ends at the top of the pubic bone giving us a complete wrap around effect when the muscle is strengthened.
Movements of TA- lifting heavy objects, bracing to give better balance, protection of vertebrae so that vertebral movement is minimized.
Function of External Obliques- this is one of the muscles that make your waist and is responsible for any twisting motion we make.
Movements of external oblique- reaching with a twist, bending with a twist, golf, tennis, paddle.
Movements of Internal Obliques- any twisting motions and many sport activities.
Function of Rectus Abdominus- a paired muscle running vertically down the front of thr body that starts at the sternum and ends at the public bone. This muscle curves the body while doing crunches.
Movements of the Rectus Abdominus- The muscle is activated while doing crunches because it pulls the ribs and the pelvis in and curves the back. The muscles are also used when a child is delivered, during bowel movements, and coughing. Breathing in and holding the rectus abdominis in pulls in the abdomen. When fat layers are minimized, this is the muscle that can create that “6 pack” look.