This post might hit a few nerves with my fellow colleagues in the health & fitness industry, but hey, that’s what we are all here for. To challenge the so called ‘Norm‘, and to bring some scientific value to the discussion of what ‘Core Stability‘ really is, if even at all, possible.
Now, I have already written several articles focusing on the very subject of ‘Core Stability‘, and they were, to the best of my knowledge, specific to what we have all been taught within the fitness industry. I still believe that the material is valid to a certain degree, and has plenty of carry over into shifting heavy weights around, but now, i’m not so sure (99.9% unsure) that ‘Core Stability’ is even a concept to focus on, particularly when in human movement we are never, ever stable.
Let’s think of walking, which is something pretty much all of us do on a daily basis (some people need to do lots more of it). When we walk, or when we are in ‘Gait‘ there are so many structural actions that need to take place in order for you to get from one foot to the other:
- Pelvis tilts anterior (forwards), posterior (backwards), Abducts (moves away from the midline), and adducts (moves back towards the midline), rotates from one side to the other
- Spine flexes forward, extends backwards, laterally flexes from one side to the other, rotates from one side to other
- Ribs tilts anterior, tilts posterior, laterally flexes from one side to the other, rotates from one side to the other
So if all three major structures have a three dimensional capacity during the ‘Gait‘ cycle, should we really be drilling ‘Core Stability‘ into our every day training?
I will let you be the judge of that…….
For now, here is a very useful ‘Core Mobility‘ drill to add into your current training plan, or to start using anywhere you have the space to do so.
The most fascinating thing for me since becoming a PT, is that I am always questioning what we have been taught, and testing its value. What works for one person, doesn’t necessarily work for another. There is scientific evidence to strongly back-up their findings, but the other great thing about science, is that same evidence is there to be tested, to be questioned, and to be put into your own personal experience.
Remember, they once thought the world was flat. Doctors used to say that ‘Smoking was good for you‘, and everyone thought that ‘Fat was bad for you‘!
One of my favourite quotes is from, Albert Einstein.
“The Only Source of Knowledge is Experience”
I couldn’t agree more. You can be educated to the highest academic level, but without real life experience, how do you know what really works if you have never, ever put it into practice?
Give your body the freedom to explore its full potential, get outside of your comfort zone, and see what a difference it could make from the ‘Norm‘.
I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Keep training hard, keep moving well, and let’s stay fit & healthy for a very long time to come!!