Controversy and Collaboration of Core Training Research

by Michael Boyle |  Date Released : 02 Mar 2006

  • Introduction
  • When? In the beginning
  • Why?
  • Healthy people may not need core training – 2 in 10 are healthy
  • How?
  • Why don’t these smart people agree?
  • A lot of us out there are confused
  • When we really look at the differences, they are all similar
  • 80% of success comes from 20% of what we do
  • Let’s focus on the similarities, not the differences
  • Drawing in vs. bracing
  • What are they really saying?
  • Can you stabilize your core?
  • Can you produce motion in the hip without?
  • Drawing in truth – ½ Hodges and ½ McGill
  • Conscious v.s unconscious activation
  • Can we train the core through squatting?
  • Core is more than abs
  • Isolated exercise works
  • Gary Gray and Gray Cook, such high skill that they can elicit response subconsciously
  • Building the bridge
  • Neuromuscular re-education – return to innate functional patterns
  • Move trunk instead of hip – most common dysfunction
  • How to activate the psoas
  • Bad backs vs. non-functioning hips
  • 10-minute core period all year round
  • Plus multi-joint standing exercise
  • Stability of pelvis in motion – squats and deadlifts are NOT the core cure-all
  • Essence of core debate – hyper analysis
  • Is it possible that everyone’s right?
  • Bracing and hollowing
  • Finding common denominators
  • Keep it simple

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Michael Boyle

About the author: Michael Boyle

Michael Boyle is known internationally for his pioneering work in the field of strength and conditioning and is regarded as one of the top experts in the area for sports performance training. He has made his mark on the industry over the past 30 years with an impressive following of professional athletes, from the US Women’s Olympic teams in soccer and ice hockey to the Boston Bruins, Boston Breakers, New England Revolution, and most recently the Boston Red Sox. His client list over the years reads like a "Who’s Who" of athletic success in New England and across the country including legendary Boston names such as Nomar Garciaparra, Cam Neely, and Ray Bourque.

Mike is a featured speaker at numerous strength and conditioning and athletic training clinics across the country and has produced many instructional videos and DVDs in the areas of strength and conditioning, personal training and rehabilitation.

In 2012, Michael was selected to become part of the Boston Red Sox coaching staff, acting as a strength and conditioning consultant for the team.

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