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  • Writer's pictureAntonia Counts

Strengthened to Your Core

Updated: Jun 30, 2021




I’m sure many of you have seen advertisements and headlines like these all over the internet and social media. And if you’re like me, sometimes these seem like tempting offers. Quick results, low personal investment.

But I challenge you to also consider what these quick fixes, that often don’t actually work, or at least don’t produce lasting results, actually have to offer you as far as producing a functional strong core.

The answer is, simply put, that they don’t offer anything.

So wouldn’t it make sense, as athletes, that we pursue a training program that not only helps tone up the various core musculature but also produces functional strength that protects you from spinal and pelvic injury?

First of all, I’d like to address the anatomical musculature that is included in what should be trained when training the “core”

We have the front “core”, better known as the abdominals. But this isn’t just your 6 pack muscles. Those are just the Rectus Abdominis. There is also Transverse Abdominis, which wraps around the entirety of the abdomen, and, when strong, essentially functions like an internal back brace. And then there are the internal and external obliques. Which are angled in such a way that they allow us, when they’re properly strengthened, to have great stability when our body is challenged in an abnormal plane of motion.

There is also the back portion of the core muscles, which are often forgotten or left out when training the core. The primary posterior core muscle groups are the Quadratus Lumborum, which attaches your rib cages to your hips, the Illiopsoas, a combination of the illiacus and the psoas, that supports your low back and pulls your hips into flexion, and the low back portion of the Erector Spinae, which support and move your spine.

In the video links below, I’ll show you a few exercises to start today to begin to learn how to activate and activate these muscles in a functional manner and tone up those “ab muscles”!

If you’re interested in having a doctor of physical therapy evaluate your core strength

and make recommendations for core training, or if you’re dealing with pain and are interested in a full specific diagnostic evaluation to begin to address your pain from the root cause of the problem today or if you have questions, please DM or Contact us!


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