Core Stability: Why it’s Important and How to Improve
Core stability comes into play with everything we do. People tend to have weak cores and this results in lower back injuries. Any injuries you have, you can always address the core. This is why it is important to build a good foundation for your core stability.
How to Improve Core Stability?
Do activation exercises. These are easy to sneak into a warm up.
Core Inner Unit: Small stabilizing muscles that stabilizes the spine and pelvis. It keeps everything in place. These muscles are like a corset and belt, it keeps everything in place!
Core Outer Unit: All the other big muscles that surround the core, pelvis and spine.
Driftwood’s go-to core exercises
Activate the inner core
Hollow holds or Static Holds
Basic abdominal exercises
Monster walks and clam shells with or without a band
What we recommend against: Sit ups are easy to cheat with muscles you do not want to use. Example is sore necks: if the core is weak, the body compensates by overusing the neck.
If you do heavy weight lifting sets, try to incorporate the core exercises into the sets. Example:
If you back squat and do 5 sets, try a core stability exercise after each set.
Weight Lifting Belts:
The belt is doing what our core muscles are supposed to do. When you get to higher weight, lifting heavy, the belt can come in as a preventive measure. It can help you keep your proper stance without compromising the core. Try not to use the lifting belts for lighter weights so you can build up your core stability.
Want to learn more? Listen to Driftwood Athletics Podcast Episode: 15