Core of the Matter - FIT Human Performance

Core of the Matter


July 29, 2012

Core training is not a fad yet it is often poorly understood and incorporated into training programs. Here are some quick tips to ensure you engage the core properly to minimize the chances of injury and reap the rewards of a strong and stable core.

The first thing to consider when establishing proper core position is posture. You all know how much I emphasis posture! We want to have the head neutral, the chest up, shoulders down and back and hips level with a small curve in the lower back. From the side view if your belt line points down too much toward the front you may have excessive arch in the lumbar spine i.e. the lower back. Ideally we want the belt line to be parallel with the ground or slightly down.

So how do we determine the amount of arch in the lower back? We do this by placing the hands on the lower back, fingers towards the middle, and thumbs on the hips. As you arch back and look at the ceiling you should feel the muscles of the lower back relax. Conversely as you round forward and look towards the floor you should feel the muscles of the lower back contract. Now slowly stand up and arch back but stop at the point where you feel the muscles relax again. At this point ensure that the joints above and below the hips are neutral and you will be on track for ensuring core stability in your training.

Keep training for your peak functional FITness!

In good health


“Motion is life.” – Hippocrates, Greek physician, 460 – 377 BC