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Core training in Shirley Park



January 19 , 2015 | Posted by Dave Cripps |

Core training in Shirley Park


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


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