In fact, I seem to remember it was a stress position that was imparted with a 95lb bergan on ones back
Anyway.... to the middle....
"Oooh, crap glutes."
"Mmmm, weak core. "
I've heard these phrases being banded around over the years.
Partaking in an activity that one does not frequent will always be with its dangers.
So are injuries caused by a weak core or from not doing the chosen activity often.
Pick a heavy box up and strain the back.
Or haven't picked a heavy box up for 3 months?
The lack of repetition and loading of an activity can cause injury. The individual walks away from the physio couch or gym floor with a revised "core" workout to strengthen the glutes and methods to engage their pelvic floor.
At this point I have to stress that a clinical factual approach from a clinical therapist is to be listened to if a diagnosis has been sought and recovery plan offered.
What I'm also saying is " core" training is all training. It is not an exclusive list of moves. A deadlift is core training. A pull up is core training. Standing up in the bus on one leg is core training. Running is core training. Throwing an object . Enough already, my point is made.
What has triggered this blog( outburst) ? A group client asked why we were using a throwing/ catching partner game as part of a series of "core stimulating " exercises.
"Everything is core" : "Every time I move a limb, transfer bodyweight, move an object, resist being moved by an object, work around a moving object, core is ON!"
Core is the WHOLE.
Is this deep? Explaining on a sheet of paper is quite difficult. I will try better next time.
Never as a kid growing up, or an adolescent playing, or as a Royal Marine was it ever presented to me to focus on my core to improve the physical outcome. It just happened by doing and using the WHOLE body.
Upskilling is the answer to a stronger core.
Move in all directions
Lift, push, resist, throw, jump, run, pull. Stop thinking and just do. Plank away and bridge up.... just please please alongside everything else.
At the right level of intensity and complexity relevant to the individuals background, the CORE will never require an isolation of thought to stimulate.
To be continued.... for my own benefit if it hasn't grown yours.