Today’s post was really inspired by you guys!
On social media I saw this great picture by Greg Perlaki out of the UK. I was inspired because it is obvious that Greg really gets what not just DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training is about, but just really good functional fitness.
Believe it or not, I hear a lot of “I like what you have to say, but it is just too hard to implement.”
REALLY?! Because Greg here has a client that is probably past his days of wanting to be a high level athlete. I’m guessing more looking to be the best of his own ability. Yet, he is doing much of the same type of training I would recommend of someone wanting to be a high level athlete!
He gets that core strength is the cornerstone of good movement and strength. It is possible to get caught up in some of the cool memes on social media. Telling you that good a good core is built just on squats and deadlifts, but you would be falling into the classic trap.
That is of listening to people that have done that when you talk to them, you start to find all the interesting aches/pains they have. Maybe you learn that they haven’t progressed much in the past few years either. Hmmmm, wonder why.
Is the idea of core training a bit abused, absolutely! Does it mean because some people make it something that it isn’t that it really isn’t important? Absolutely NOT!
The core isn’t just your abs, it is so much more. In fact, you could make an easy argument of how many muscles the core really makes up. From your hip flexors, your deep intrinsic muscles (i.e. diaphragm, multifidus, and much more), to your lats, fascia, you get the point right?!
My point is that core work, if you really get it, is more than the burn you feel on your stomach. It is teaching all these areas that interact with your trunk to create proper stability when called upon. That means it isn’t just one thing, core training is a lot of different concepts. Here is just a few…..
That is a lot for one area of the body, but when you think about it has to do all these things quickly, reflexively, and sometimes more than one of these actions at once, you have to possess a smart core to really have great strength.
Sure, there will be those that try to argue that good core training is overrated. The funny thing is you don’t have to look at current science to know that people have understood the important role of the core for centuries. Whether you look at wrestlers, gymnasts, and great lifters, you can see the idea of the core is nothing new. How we think about training it in the modern person might be something VERY new! Check out a few of these DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training core drills that make your body stronger in the most surprising ways.
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