Core & Back Strength

“a bad back is a weak core”

Rather than use the terms core stability or back care I’d rather talk about the strength of both. There is nothing wrong with caring for your back or a stable core but it gives the wrong impression of how the body really works.

The best core exercises are total body exercises such as movements found in sports or functional exercises e.g. a squat. However, for many people, rehabilitation of the core is needed before it works properly in these total body movements. In fact it is dangerous to do functional exercises without a fully functioning core, hence the injury rate rate in activities such as Crossfit.

Core training is best as a continuum of progressive training such as:

Core activation – generally mat based exercises
Core coordination – pressure/biofeedback monitoring – see below
Core Stability – often with a stability ball
Core Mobility
Core Strength
Functional Exercise – generally standing
Fun training – often in the air
Daily life / Sports
& then back to the […]