In this series I will cover what the core is, this first blog post is, just an overview of the intricate topics, I will cover so enjoy.
The Definition of the Core?
The core is not just your abs alone, but a structure comprised of the following:
- Lumbar Spine
- Pelvic Girdle
- Hip Joint
This structure is Known as the Lumbo-pelvic-hip-complex (LPHC for short.)
What the fitness industry says the core is.
The fitness and infomercial industry has dumb-ed down the definition of the core, in order to sell you products. I prefer to take the more savage approach to things, which is dissecting the true essence of why things work. This saves time down the line because when you understand how and why something works you can make the repairs, or minor adjustments yourself. Thats not to say you won’t still need the help of someone in the fitness community. But the blueprint I am going to give you will allow you to troubleshoot some minor issues on your own. Or at the very least provide you with enough knowledge to know if your dealing with a personal trainer thats the real deal, or someone who is clueless.
A real world analogy would be, understanding the difference between flipping the circuit breaker in your garage, changing a light bulb or hiring an electrician. All three scenarios require a certain level of comfort and expertise, depending on the scenario you would take the appropriate measures. Now the same can be said about taking care of your body as well, anyone trainer that solely structures your core training around abs only, should be replaced. The core is comprised of many interdependent muscles in the body that work together. After this blog series, you will notice the difference between someone with a core vs someone with abs. The abs will look nice, but a strong chiseled core will blow abs out of the water any day.
What the Core actually is.
The core is a system of muscles working together to provide your body with functional strength.
As you can see in the example of a friend of mines squatting:
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Obviously there will always be room to tighten up the core, as you can see in this video, this guy has excellent core strength.
All of your bodies movements originate from the core, when the core is strong, your able to complete functional movements with ease. Hence being able to squat beltless, you will also notice on certain exercises, you will feel your core engage, which is a good thing, because its like an mini ab and core workout when it does.
The squat does an excellent job engaging all of the The Lumbar Spine, Pelvic Girdle, Abdomen and Hip Joint. This is why exercises such as the Bench press, Dead lift and Squat has been crowned kings, amongts kings when it comes to Exercise. They are all compound movements, and utilize your cores strength.
What I will cover.
This post is just an overview, but I cover the following in the posts that follow this one.
- The Science behind Core training and its importance
- How a proper Core Training routine should be structured.