PFT Certification Course, Los Angeles, California, December, 2015
“Core” training is a popular means to improve performance, prevent injury, rehabilitate low back pain, etc. but there are many different views on what constitutes the “core”, and even more interpretations of “core” training. Traditionally viewed as a way isolate and strengthen the abdominals using exercises such as situps and crunches, core training has evolved with advances in biomechanics and exercise science research. For example, with regards to the prevention of low back injuries, the “core” muscles do help to maintain a neutral spine curvature; however, efforts to increase their strength and endurance in isolation may not provide a training stimulus that is conducive to developing the requisite control and coordination. This module will explore the utility of various “core” training approaches and introduce a framework that can be used to choose and progress “core” training exercises.