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.
♦️ Here’s the truth….
Those pretty little six packs everyone wants to have, mean nothing in the greater scheme of having a STRONG CORE. There are many muscles that make up the core and the six pack muscle, otherwise known as rectus abdominus, is a very small part of it. The problem is that if all of the core muscles are not strengthened and activated properly they WILL NOT stabilize the spine and pelvis, they WILL NOT prevent a potential back issue, and they most definitely WILL NOT improve your posture.
♦️ Here’s the problem..
No one is teaching us properly. Having been a core guru and working with thousands of clients, I am still shocked every time a new client comes in and thinks that a six pack means a strong core; they have absolutely no idea what a strong core looks like or feels like. People are missing the boat. As a fitness professional it is my job and pleasure to help them, but I look around at social media and all I see are six packs and fitness professionals touting or even bearing their mid sections to show it all and I wonder, as a fellow fitness professional in the biz for 30 years… is this the right message?
♦️ And… The solution…
Don’t believe everything you see. Learn your body and the muscles that comprise the core, learn the discipline and mind body connection necessary to engage and fire all the core muscles simultaneously to achieve desired results, and understand that a six pack while beautiful (and I’m a lover of gorgeous abs) DOES NOT mean you have a strong core. Most importantly, LOVE YOURSELF and realize that a strong core stands for much more than a bikini body, it stands for strength, length, balance, posture and over all GOOD BODY HEALTH!