Written by: Taylor Post, CAT
When you think core exercises – you probably think of sit-ups, crunches and leg raises... right!? These abdominal exercises are staples in so many core workouts, and are not without merit or value. They are however, only a small part of developing core strength, because they involve creating movement in one plane of motion (sagittal). Doing these same exercises over and over ignores all of the other directions that our core can move, and that it needs to stabilize as well!
First of all, our core includes much more than just the six-pack muscles. In reality, it is a belt or girdle of muscles that stretches all the way around your lower back, where it connects to your glutes, hips, and obliques.
Our core doesn’t just need to help us flex and move, it plays a role in balance, posture, and protects our spine from outside stress or forces. It is also the connection from our lower and upper body. Every move we make starts from our core or transfers through it!
By design, the core muscles are stabilizers, not movers. So exercises that focus on preventing movement at the hips and spine are incredibly important, yet often forgotten.
Over the next few weeks we are going to look at four different groups of “Anti Core” exercises with specific examples of each. The four groups are Anti Rotation, Anti Lateral/Side Flexion, Anti Extension and Anti Flexion exercises.
In this first instalment we have included some great Anti-Rotation exercises to try out. If you have questions about any of the exercises or need help to modify them to match your skill level, feel free to reach out.
Stay tuned for more to come!
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