How well do you know your core?
When we talk about core muscles most people instantly picture a six pack on a fit athlete. The reality, there is far more to your core than just one set of muscles and low body fat. At Mission Tri we recognise the importance of a strong core for every athletes we work. In fact it is vital for everyone to have a strong core.
What do we mean when we mention a strong core? Why do you need a strong core?
At Mission Tri we aim for a functional core. To be able to operate in all three planes of movement at any time and not be limited at any point when racing, training or during everyday activities.
The best way to think of your core is like a corset. Your whole torso is supported each side by deep and surface muscles. Everyone has heard of abs, did you know there were two layers, rectus (six pack) and transverse and it’s the transverse abdominal that flattens your stomach and supports your back. Have you heard of multifidus? A vital muscle in supporting the joints of your spine.
A good test is to place you right hand on the small of you back to the left side of your spine. press in lightly and start to lift you left arm up towards the ceiling/sky. You will feel your lower back muscles firing to stabilise and support the movement. Every time you move your core has to engage and support.
Think about this next time you are training in the gym, riding your bike, doing laps in the pool and especially when sitting for any period of time.