Strength and performance in all structures and mechanical systems come from the stability and strength of their foundations – the footings of buildings, automotive chassis, ships’ keels. If the core is weak, then there will be weakness in all other parts, no matter how powerful or adept.
In fitness training that’s called stabilization. Simply, only when the body’s core is strong and stabile can you build performance in the body as a whole. It’s an ancient idea – yoga and martial arts, such as tai chi, have used it for centuries. Only recently, however, have physical trainers made it a central principle of fitness training.
It is virtually impossible to move any part of your body in isolation. What seem a simple motion, such wiggling your toes, involves a complex system of muscles, bones and connective tissues. In fact, all the parts of your body are connected in “kinetic chains.” For example, one kinetic chain starts at your foot and runs through your ankle to your calf, knee and thigh to hip and on to your pelvis and spine – wiggle a toe and there is a reaction along the length of that entire chain.
All the kinetic chains are interlinked at a single point: your trunk or midsection. It’s the foundation for all movement and, in the end the platform for strength, speed, agility and coordination in every part of your body, through every kinetic chain.
The cliché applies – kinetic chains are only as strong as their weakest links. So, while weakness in your ankle effects your toes, thigh, pelvis and spine, the strength or weakness in your trunk affects the performance of your entire body. When fitness training focuses on building strength in your core – your midsection or trunk – then you can build and enhance overall physical performance.
Stability training lies at the very heart of ACCUA Advanced Fitness Training and we incorporate exercises that strengthen your core in virtually every program we design.