On Wednesday September the 18th Tim Newton, MPT ATC from Winthrop Physical Therapy lead a discussion about core muscles and working out.

The hour long talk began with a brief look at the historical beginning of core concepts and how ideas of stabilization have developed over the last several decades.

The discussion started with initial ideas as early as the 1960’s of primary and secondary movers of joints, progressing through the early 90’s and deep muscular control over our lower backs and research in Australia involving our transverse abdominis, before finally moving into more current concepts related to stabilization.

Most prominently, stabilization and “core” were presented as ultimately no one grouping of muscles but a network of muscles and muscle groups that allow any one or many joints to control movement and balance forces being placed upon them. To train your core is to ask a joint to balance.

In general concept then, training is to be done in gradually more unstable postures and positions to enable and demand that the area being targeted does infect have to be stable: ie use “it’s core”. Through out the day or during workouts, first be safe, then second challenge your balance. Sitting in a chair demands much less than sitting on a ball, while no ball at all and squatting demands even more. Lifting a weight on two feet requires ultimately less or our “core” than doing so on one foot, or using one arm verses two. Imagine being five years old once again; move like a five year old and most likely your “core” will be involved.