It is almost certain every athlete or client which comes in during their initial evaluation always has a goal of getting a “six pack” or a strong core. Usually their knowledge of the “core” stems from what they are told from their coaches or from what they have read in health and fitness magazines. We always like to challenge our clients and athletes to the “how’s and why’s” to each and every session, this includes the initial evaluation. We usually as this question “what is your definition of a strong core?” Typical client responses:
- Ability to do 100 crunches
- Planking for 10 minutes
- Having 6 pack abs
There is so much going into the core (terminology, movements, progressions, understanding the anterior and posterior core), but I am just going to stick with the basics and describe what the core is designed for. Lets define core stability, it is the ability to create movement in the arms (upper extremities) and legs (lower extremities) with out compensating the spine and or pelvis into movement. ”In the broadest sense allowing force to move from the ground through the hips, spine or scapulothoracic joints without energy leaks. Energy leaks are defined as points at which energy is lost during the transfer of force from the ground, and are a result of the body’s inability to stabilize a particular joint. Torso strength encompasses core stability, hip stability and shoulder stability, and most importantly, the ability to move force from the ground to the extremities while maintaining stability in the aforementioned areas (Boyle, Michael (2011-12-05). Advances in Functional Training).”
Core training goes much deeper than non weight bearing crunches and having six pack abs. Its the ability to relate body weight and load bearing movements while being able to create stability in a safe and effective manner.
Marc Digesti | Director of Performance at PerformancEDU
While my tenure as the Strength Coach for the US Disabled Alpine Team, I had the opportunity to work with amazing athletes. Their drive, motivation, work ethic and understanding for life was inspirational for me personally and professionally. The one athlete which stands out in my mind is Stephani Victor. Stephani has created a documentary The Lengths I will go, describing her struggle since the accident in 1995 till now. It is truly remarkable what she has done in the past 15 years. Enjoy and keep RIPIN Steph!
Marc Digesti USAW
Founder of PerformancEDU
During my tenure with the US Disabled Alpine Team, I was fortunate to meet a handful of Iraqi veterans from the Wounded Warriors Project. Incredible individuals, with an enourmous drive for life.
This weekend at Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe Ca, CHARITYSMITH and Tahoe Mountain Resorts present the Disabled Sports Ability Bash (formerly the “Benefit Bash”) at the lodge at Alpine Meadows on Saturday March 14, 2009 from 7:00- 10:30 p.m. The Ability Bash will honor Wounded Warriors returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Ability Bash will be the culmination of the week and will feature a buffet dinner, fine wines and microbrews, live music by “Sambada”, a silent auction and a mystery raffle.