The primary purpose of your core is to support your spine during physical activity. Since your spine is built as a rickety, flexible rod - your core has a lot of work to do.
Your core musculature is designed to start, stop and stabilize is 7 distinct ways.
Read on to learn how to strengthen these movements and anti-movements into a bulletproof core.
What is "functional training"?
Is it using a Bosu ball? Is it TRX exercises? Is it plyometrics? Is it all three?
You wouldn't know it to listen to the trainer at your local gym, but functional training isn't a standardized training method.
Building functional strength is totally subjective. Depending on your injury/health history and training goals; "functional" takes on a different definition.
I've put together some criteria to help you decide what "functional" training looks like for you.
Not long ago, my Dad was in a motorcycle accident. While visiting him in the hospital, I heard at least a dozen various medical professionals say “It’s a good thing he has good strength in (fill in affected body part) or this could have been much worse.”
Much like the average employee, my Dad isn’t an elite athlete and doesn't hit the gym daily. He works at a desk 50-60 hours per week, occasionally does an at-home workout, and strength trained with me just once per week for the 8 months before his accident.
Even the tiny dose of strength training was enough to prevent much more serious injury in a traffic accident.
The application of strength training as preventative care isn’t confined to an emergency situation. Just think of the number of aches and pains you experience each morning. Compare that to the number of similar issues you had 10 years ago. You suffered less discomfort and movement problems a decade ago, guaranteed. Sure, age plays into the difference but mainly, it's because you were stronger then.
Not sold on strength training yet? Here are the top 5 reasons for you to get brutally strong:
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