It’s true ... an out-of-balance core can make it a LOT harder for you to reach your fitness and strength goals.
Here’s a great example, but this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Before I get into the hows & whys, picture this for a second:
Imagine your core is like a flexible piece of tubing made of dozens of intertwining muscles. One of its many jobs is to support your torso and protect your spine as it powers your arms and legs, keeping everything stable, balanced, and strong.
Now imagine you bend that tube and leave it for a few hours on a chair. Eventually, some parts of the tube get tighter and others get stretched out – resulting in weakness and imbalance.
Keep that scenario in mind! Because we’re going to talk about…
Imagine putting a barbell on the upper back of the tube that’s been sitting all day.
Because it’s out of balance, with the muscles in the front tighter than the back, all those intertwining muscles can’t provide as much assistance and stabilisation as they normally would.
That means the tube naturally folds forward during the squatting motion, putting a lot of extra pressure on the lower back part of the tube.
BUT … if all of the muscles were working together to hold the tube upright during the squat, it could have transferred more of the weight down to the legs, which would have not only been safer but also would have accommodated more weight on the barbell.
This same principle applies to almost every strength exercise!
Sooo … what can you do to make sure your “tube” is strong and stable, with all of its intertwined muscles in balance and working together properly?
Make time for specific core and mobility work!
Here’s a quick routine you can do to help balance your muscles if you sit a lot.
BONUS: Also roll out your quads (the muscles in the front of your thighs).
NOTE: If your hip flexors are super tight it can affect how well your glutes do their job so it pays to really focus.
Make sure you breathe! Hold for 30 to 60 seconds.
Those are some exercises to get you started. I hope they help make a difference in your strength and help you get the results you’re working for.
If you’d like some specific guidance to help you with your goals, let’s talk! Check out our Schedule that includes heaps of great core-strengthening workouts.
Have a great day!