Core Blimey!

Get ready to twistIgnoring the claims of infomercials everywhere, core work involves more than a daily set of sit-ups on a fitness ball. In the first of two-part article Core Statics [.pdf, 961kb], the Diesel Crew's Smitty discusses the training of various core musculature for sports; pointing out that much of the existing core exercises overlook the idea of the 'Z' component - the loading of a movement across distance.

From the article:

"Power is generated from the ground up, from the core out and from the hands in." Segmental, (progressive) stabilization of the TA, RA, (internal/external) obliques, erectors and spine with each step. I want to force you to generate stabilization! The kind of stabilization that will have aliens popping out of your chest. This could be done with a supplemental series of exercises I call - Core Statics.

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