What Exactly Is The Core?

 The core is the beginning point for movement and the center of gravity for the body.  The muscles of the core are divided into two categories:  stabilization and movement.  Stabilization muscles include the transversus abdominis, internal oblique, lumbar multifidus, pelvic floor muscles, diaphragm and transversospinalis.  Movement muscles include the latissimus dorsi, erector spinae, iliopsoas, hamstrings, hip adductors, hip abductors, rectus abdominis, and external oblique.  Many individuals have developed the movement muscle group of their core but not the deep stabilization muscles required for lumbar-pelvic-hip stabilization.  This leads to lack of stabilization and unwanted motion of the individual vertebrae.   The unwanted motion increases forces throughout the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex that may result in low back pain and injury.  Training needs to begin from the inside (stabilization) out (movement).  Core stability allows for distal mobility (throwing, kicking , jumping, batting…).

At Core Fit ‘N Motion we work both systems. Whether we do a targeted exercise such as the plank, or another exercise such as the Overhead Squat or Windmill, we are working the stabalization system. Other exercises such as the Russian Twist, Reverse Crunch or Hanging Leg Raises work the mobilization system. Come join a class and work your ENTIRE Core!

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