No matter how strong your individual parts are, they must be able to work as a whole to be complete. This is an applied understanding of physical training through function. Since core strength has become the new catch phrase of the fitness industry, I feel as though it is my job to teach you the truth about it.
* How can I train the body as a unit and why is core strength important?
The human body needs to be conditioned entirely to build balance. Without balance, there is imbalance, and truthfully that is where most injuries occur. Prior to any physical training program, you should seek out a professional who can diagnose imbalance within the body. This serves as tremendous injury prevention and will save you time.
* What does muscular imbalance look like?
For example, most people that focus their only concentration on what they can see. The muscles of the back tend to get ignored and replaced with an overindulgence of chest training. This is primarily because trainees can see their chest muscles in the mirror. It is however difficult to see the back muscles unless there are multiple mirrors.
When the chest muscles are imbalanced with that of the back muscles, injury is prone and will occur. This is when the all too common rotator cuff muscles are injured. By the way, there are four rotator cuff muscles that all serve to protect the shoulders joints. As stated previously, this is why the human body must be conditioned as whole. Any imbalance can create a negative pitfall and truthfully, you do not need that in your life.
Once a trainee understands optimal muscle balance, serious progress occurs. The muscles and connective tissues of the midsection are the most important for our body function. They serve to protect our vital organs and allow us to move through unpredictable patterns. In short, the more core strength you have, the more movement, stability, and mobility you will have.
* What is Core Strength?
Core strength implies that a trainee has an optimal balance of abdominal and back muscular strength. However, most trainees have abdominal muscles that are much stronger than their back muscles. This is because most people spend their time performing thousands of repetitions for the abdominals and they neglect the balance to build their back. This is amazing since our main weakness as a bipedal species is our lower back. Look at the elderly and the first thing you will see is a lack of posture. That alone should be enough for you to consider postural training as of this minute.
* How can Core Strength be developed?
While there is an infinite count of exercises for core improvement, I will give you a roadmap to apply to your favorite movements. The general rule in core strength is to understand that the midsection keeps you upright. If you want strong posture, you should train your lower back two times before you train your abdominals. In short, focus on your lower back strength because the average person has neglected it for their entire life.
Dave Lemanczyk is the c.e.o. of dave lemanczyk llc, a leading developer of superior human performance products in todays fitness industry. http://www.kegconditioning.com