Our Core Strength and Stability Class is designed to improve function of your core muscles. These are the most important muscles in your body. Almost every movement (if not every) you do in your daily routines transfer through the core. Whether you walk, stand, sit, open a door, carry a bag, turn, reach for cup in the kitchen involves engagement of the core muscles; i.e. muscles around your mid section.
Despite of its (limited) ability to turn and flex, core main function is to protect our spine and internal organs, that means stabilize rather than move.
Crunches, twists, sit-ups, etc: do have their place in the bodybuilding but only if you have your core strong and if you are aware of the risk they carry.
With nowadays living style, most of us spend days in a sitting (often badly) position, compromising the natural healthy posture. Bad posture transfers further into overly stretched and weakened lower back and gluteus muscles while at the same time shortening up front part of the core. Combine it with lack of challenging activity to core muscles and as the results you get common lower back pain.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
In anatomy, the core refers, in its most general of definitions, to the body minus the legs and arms. Functional movements are highly dependent on the core, and lack of core development can result in a predisposition to injury. The major muscles of the core reside in the area of the belly and the mid and lower back (not the shoulders), and peripherally include the hips, the shoulders and the neck.
Hard Core Class program comprises of 4 blocks:
- Posture: learning the function of core and ability to brace the muscles properly
- Strength: focusing on building the strength to the mid section
- Stability: progression towards the function of the core in unstable environment
- Conditioning: dynamic part of the program, emphasizing the involvement of the core in various challenging movements.
Program is prepared to use the core in the healthy and functional manner, i.e.: moving everything around BUT the core.
If you truly want to improve the quality of your movements: whether it is in your daily routines or sport performance you must include core training to your program.