Would you be able to build a stable structure without beams? The taller a building stands, the more reinforcement it will need to remain upright. Not adding strong beams can result in the complete collapse of the system, causing property damage and injuries. The same stands true for our body, and when our core has not been stabilized, we run the risk of injuring the muscles that form the movement system.
What is the core system and why is it important?
Just as with a building, your core system is that which keeps you standing upright. It is formed by those muscles that support your spine and body, including the latissimus dorsi, gluteus maximus, oblique abdominals, and hip adductors, among others. The function of these muscles is to maintain your stability as you move, while allowing for more efficient muscular movement.
Strengthening and stabilizing this muscle system is of extreme importance as it allows the movement system to work more efficiently, as well as gain strength and power. Because of this, before you start working on the muscles that form the movement system it is imperative you work on the deep muscles that form the core. Once you have achieved an adequate level of stabilization, you can get to work on muscular movement.
A stabilized core can benefit people of all ages, from elderly patients with mobility issues to top notch athletes, as it improves overall performance and movement. Core stabilization can also help lessen the impact of certain conditions, including lower back pain and tendon injuries.
The movement system and its relation to the core:
As its name suggests, the movement system is that which is in charge of the movements of our body. From taking a step forward to performing an acrobatic feat, the movement system is responsible for almost everything your body can do. To many it may seem more important to strengthen this muscular system to be able to move more efficiently, but nothing can be farther from the truth.
When you build a structure, you may erect strong walls using nothing but the most resistant materials, but if they are not supported by beams, they will topple and fall at the slightest provocation. This is exactly what happens when your core system is not stabilized prior to strengthening your movement system, and it can lead to injury.
While both systems are interlaced and dependent on each other, the primary focus should always be on core stabilization before strengthening the rest of the muscular system. By doing this you are ensuring a lower number of injuries, an enhancement of your overall balance, and a significant reduction of back pain before and after working out. This is translated into an increased sense of well-being that will lead to the optimal performance of your movement system.
In essence, the stabilization of your core muscles is the ultimate driver when you are looking to achieve more efficient and effective movements, making it necessary to place a large amount of focus on these muscles prior to developing others.