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Core Training is not millions of sit ups!!  It is utilising the abdominal, gluteal and trunk muscles to strengthen, support and assist the muscles of the body when performing a movement or exercise. Training and learning how to turn on your core can help with pelvis stabilisation, also building better balance and posture by correctly aligning the body. Weak or poorly controlled core muscles are often associated with lower back pain and other injuries.  However athletes often find it difficult to find effective or motivating methods to integrate core training into their programmes. That's where I come in.   As well as 1-2-1 sessions, I also run a Saturday morning class aimed at flexibility and core strength for sport. 

 

In our current world we sit down all day - at the desk or in the car.  Our poor hips are constantly flexed and we rarely stand tall.  This deactivates our poor stomach muscles, tightens the hip flexors down the front of our thighs and pulls our back into a slump.  Yet how do people think they can improve their core - sit ups.  Really???  More slumping..

 

Or there's the plank.  You see people planking for minutes, hours even.  Usually bracing with their upper back and with their hands so clenched you can see all the veins in their neck.  But even if you plank correctly do you really walk around with your buttocks tucked under?  Do you?  No.  Your spine actually needs to go into extension when you walk or run.

 

The concept of core stability has become a fundamental element in sports training practice as athletes seek to reduce stress on their bodies and optimise performance.  However, in reality to do our sport we need to move so do we in essence want core stability or core mobility?