Global Function of the Core

by Michol Dalcourt |  Date Released : 03 Apr 2006

  • Introduction
  • Core popularity
  • Perception of abs as their own ID
  • Abdominal wall is a continuum of the whole body
  • Hyper analysis – lose the macro view
  • True anatomy of the abdominal wall
  • Separation = loss of effectiveness
  • Myth: we have to train the core on its own
  • Core is a conduit for the arms and legs. No movement in arms or legs – not training the core
  • We want core muscles to react
  • We want hip motion to turn on core muscles
  • Goal – activate the core along the way vs. targeting the core
  • Leg and arm movement turns on the core
  • Effectiveness of crawl patterns
  • Fixed pelvis, spine or body position in training – no carry over into life
  • How to apply core training in upright position
  • Isolated core activation relevance
  • Fascial anatomy of core and spine
  • Front and back anchor points – the whole system is one muscle
  • By preferentially firing one muscle, we create limits in the system as a whole
  • Drawing in trunk vs. natural functional breathing
  • Appreciating global function of the body
  • When – from the beginning, fully integrated
  • Core muscles respond to full body motion
  • Stiffening the system to stabilize it – limits ROM
  • We are vibrational beings in oscillation
  • Nervous system awakens through movement
  • Pain – overcompensation and over emphasis on stability
  • How – full body movements, crawl patterns in all directions
  • Body weight with limited ROM -> expand ROM -> add load
  • Using the PTN Exercise & Flexibility Library!

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Michol Dalcourt

About the author: Michol Dalcourt

Michol Dalcourt is an educator, author, trainer, inventor, and an industry leader in the areas of human movement and performance training. As an international lecturer and educator, Michol has authored numerous articles on human design and function, developed a series of performance videos and created an athletic model for high performance training (the RMA model). He has served as an instructor at the NAIT College School of Health Sciences and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco in the Faculty of Sports Science, and Director of the Institute of Motion. Michol’s innovative techniques have been adopted by many of the top international fitness certification bodies.

Michol is the creator of ViPR - a functional fitness tool that blends strength and movement training as well as co-creator of PTA Global, an innovative educational curriculum for fitness professionals.

Michol has given hundreds of international lectures and has been asked to speak at many of the world’s top fitness conferences. Michol has done extensive work and field research in the areas of human performance, and, as a result, consults with most of the fitness industry’s biggest companies.

As a personal trainer, Michol has worked with a general clientele as well as athletes of all levels, such as college level pitchers, NHL (hockey) players, NLL (Lacrosse) players and Olympic Gold medal athletes.

Michol received his education from the University of Alberta in the areas of Exercise Science (in the Faculty of Physical Education) and Marketing. Other certifications include C.F.C. accreditation from the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiologists and Certified Personal Trainer Specialist with the Canadian Association of Fitness Professionals.

Michol works closely with various athletic trainers and therapists in and around San Diego, CA.

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