INTRINSIC CORE MUSCLES are responsibile for joint stability, mobility and posture.
Our frame is made up of a bunch of bones stacked upon joints. All of this is covered with layers of soft tissue…muscle, tendons, ligaments wrapped up in fascia. Our human frame is a movement machine. We are not built to sit or be non-mobile. We are made to move…a lot.
As an infant we had to learn how to move. We start out just looking around swinging and kicking our limbs. We gradually learn to roll. We progress to rolling to sitting up then into crawling. What is really happening during these stages is intrinsic core strength is developing. That rolling, crawling baby is using their core to get them up from a lying position…the arms and legs are not yet strong enough. The core muscles are on stabilizing so the baby doesn’t fall over…if the baby does fall over they roll right back up. Thru crawling, the core is firing helping with balance. The baby keeps their head up with a long straight spine. The baby is developing strength in the shoulders, back, legs, arms and wrists. The baby brain is working in unison with the muscles teaching integrated muscular movements. This is how ALL of us started out moving…
What has happened thru the years? Where did our core strength go? Why are we bent over? Why are we having pain? Some of us can barely walk now! The brain still sends signals, but now it signals the knees to help you sit. Maybe, you have to give yourself a push with your arms to get out of a chair?
We can do better! For me, I am getting back to basics. I have my own compensation patterns. I have a right hip issue…nothing severe…but I do not want it progressing. If we do not work on our movement when we have these issues…we will be worse off. No cane for me!
I am implementing rolling and crawling patterns into my training. I have tried some rolling exercises…much harder than it looks. This shows my core weakness…yes, you can have good mobility and still have intrinsic core weakness! This probably explains why most of us have back pain! If your core is not stabilizing…your back is probably doing the work. Crawling is a cardio/strengthening technique. Going back to the baby…they are in training with all that crawling! As soon as they develop enough strength…up they go onto 2 feet!
For those of you who say you have never worked out…yes you did once upon a time ago!
Get back to basics. Practice rolling and crawling…I am! Don’t worry, I will be keeping you posted because this is important. Of course, Foundation Training will go along with this very well.
Have a great day!