Ever wondered why some training programmes work for some athletes and not for others? Why some people are genetically gifted athletes? Why there is a fixed set of intervals for all athletes? Why certain drugs work for some and not others? Do compression socks work? What the hell does a VO2 max test tell you, is it just useless information? Is lactate friend or foe? I delve into the sport science world and try to find the answers to train smarter and hopefully become a better athlete. This page is written in my own thoughts and words with a cross-pollination from several other sites and links to the original articles. Some of it might sound like a rant but it is written to make you think. So if you read it without a open mind then your in the wrong place. Enjoy and open your mind.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Core exercises, are we sure we are activating the core?

Nearly every personal trainer, fitness advisor, coach advocates core work.  But once again do we understand what we are doing by following the trend!  We would like to think that what we are training with core exercises is the best way to activate the core muscle, and that it would improve posture, stability, balance etc. Do we understand the muscle involved when doing a core exercise?  I'm not goin to rewrite the following article as I don't think I can do it justice.  The summary is that traditional core exercises has its place for developing certain areas but a athlete can activates his core muscles more positively and directly with a simple squat, or dead lift exercise.  Here to read: rethinking-core-training-is-it-fad.

Also on FaCT Canada is a very long discussion that shifts away a bit from the above topic but from 9 post down the subject becomes of interest to the core topic and looks at it from a different angle, discussing the involvement of the diaphragm  as a major core stabilizer and follows to a interesting subject on its own on muscle activation during weight training.   (There is mention on a device called a SpiroTiger which I will discuss in a upcoming blog with my own experiences on the device which also has a effect on the core).

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