In Part 1/3, we spoke about the importance of posture, and how it plays a critical role in the first steps of remaining injury and pain free. If you missed part 1, or want to quickly review, CLICK HERE to read that article.
Let’s move into todays topic!
Whether you’re performing a squat, taking a sideways leap, throwing a punch, or even just sweeping floors, most daily activities are done by generating force from the lumbo-pelvic hip complex. Developing a strong core will allow you to seamlessly move from one movement to another, with great power and precision!
But first, do you know what your core is? Your “core” are not only your abdominal musculature. In fact, your “core” includes the traverse abdominis, erector spinae, obliques and your lower lats, and these work to stabilize your entire body. Your body’s “core” are the essentially your stabilizer muscles, and if any of these stabilizer muscles are weakened or avoided, it can result in longterm higher risk of injury and chronic pain, most often located in the lower back.
Each core session should include the Pelvic Hip Bridge Hold and Single Leg Glute Thrusts. This is because the high majority of the population has poor low back musculature, tight hip flexors and gluteal musculature from sitting most of the day. The sample below routine will be aimed at strengthening your posterior back, limbo-pelvic complex, and overall postural correction.
If you can create the habit of taking 20-30 minutes a few times per week to perform these 9 exercises, it can drastically improve your core strength and posture, leading to increased overall strength, injury prevention, and MUCH MORE!
- Front Plank
- Side Plank
- Pelvic Holds & Kegels
- Single Leg Bridge (Glute Thrust)
- Lying opposite Leg/Arm Raises (Deadbug exercise)
- Lying Stomach Vacuum’s
Scapula Posture (Focussing on scapula retraction and depression):
- Restricted Scapula Retractions (Banded)
- Front Lying Hold (Arms above your head)
- Front Lying Hold (Arms to the side)
- Front Lying Hold (Hands at your side)
- At the gym – Scapula Pull-Ups
- At the gym – Batwing V-Rows
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