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Core Strength

Making All Exercises Core-Centric For More Functional Strength

These days, I’m loving the focus of making all exercises core-centric.

Generally, working with weights unilaterally while striving to keep the core in a strong and neutral position with abs and glutes contracted is a rewarding approach. Read more

 

Protect Your Lower Back By Strengthening Your Obliques

One key to avoiding back pain and injury is to keep your obliques strong - these are the muscles that line the sides of your abdominal wall. Read more

 

Try This For Chronic Back Pain and Stiffness

If you have chronic or recurrent back pain and stiffness, it may be that shortened hamstrings are creating a constant downward pull on your pelvis which could be causing compensatory biomechanics within your lumber and thoracic spinal regions, manifesting as pain and/or stiffness. Read more

 

Kick-Through Core Exercise

This is an intermediate to advanced conditioning exercise for the core.

Begin on all fours, pivot on one arm, and kick the same side leg through to the other side while keeping your core contracted. You can bring your opposite side arm up with each kick-through to help you maintain balance and also to help you keep your core engaged. Read more

 

The Ideal Way To Do Push-Ups

To be optimally mobile and agile, it's helpful to treat every exercise as an opportunity to strengthen your core - doing so will improve movement and balance in all planes and decrease risk of injury. Read more

 

Gentle Rolling To Condition Your Core & Improve Spinal and Shoulder Mobility

This is a simple routine that can be done on a large mattress or gym or yoga mat. Though it doesn't look like much, this type of rolling is effective in improving general spinal mobility, shoulder mobility, core strength, and overall proprioception. Read more

 

3 Fundamental Exercises for Functional Core Strength

To develop core strength via forearm plank pose, press your elbows strongly into the ground to keep your shoulder blades separated (protracted), keep your head neutral (not extended up), and try to maintain a straight line through your shoulders, hips, and ankles. Read more

 

How To Develop More Useful Strength

When doing strength work, it’s ideal to combine upper and lower body movements, which fosters better overall body awareness and neural activation.

Virtually all non-sedentary activities of daily living and sports require integrated activation of the upper body, core, and lower body. Read more

 

Another Way To Improve Insulin Sensitivity

As a followup to a previous post on How to Improve Insulin Sensitivity, Blood Sugar Regulation, and Body Composition, this is an option for those who may be limited in their ability to do bodyweight squats. Read more

 

A Fun Way to Work on Front and Back Levers

This is a look at how to use a simple resistance band to provide enough support for most people to have fun with gymnastics holds like the front and back lever.

Both levers are excellent for developing core, scapular, and grip strength.

When doing the back lever, the goal is to keep your abs and glutes engaged while your scapulae are protracted and depressed. Read more

 

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