I was talking my little lad for a walk through Shirley Park Sunday morning
In the distance I saw a couple of people doing some ‘core’ work
This got me thinking….
You see one of the most misunderstood areas of training is core training
As while the idea is legit, the ways people go about it are typically irrational…
In fact sometimes mental!
What do you think core training is?
In laymens terms its training to strengthen the muscles which support the spine…
This can allow for better transfer of force when you run, jump and move
Plus, it has the potential to reduce those frustrating lower back and groin issues
I still have nitemares about having a back spasm on par with pregnancy at a gym in Kings Heath once
But here’s the big one sports fans…
In the majority of cases people require core strength to stabilise and stop movement in the spine, not create it
In fact, the spine in generally hates, despises and sticks two fingers up to movement in it
How do I know?
Years of talking to the best researchers in the world, and bringing back athletes from injuries like a herniated vertebrae in the spine, to international competition
Just think, when you run
Your hip knee, shoulder and ankle joints move, but your spine shouldn’t, otherwise you don’t transfer force through the body as efficiently
Consequently, your performance is hindered
When you swing a golf club, you want movement at the hips and shoulders right?
The rotation comes from here, not the spine, a stable spine allows these moving joints to transfer force to the club head way, way better
The problem with a lot of core training is people train strength for movement and not for stability
Makes sense when you think about it rationally right?
Also, by going back to the point about how our spine isn’t a fan of movement in it…
If we get stronger to create less movement in it, we are way, way more likely to have less injury issues, particularly in the old back