The Truth About Core Training - What Do You Want to Do?

by Gary Gray |  Date Released : 28 Feb 2006

  • Introduction
  • When? All the time
  • Why? The core has to do with everything
  • How? A multitude of ways
  • What is the core?
  • Get to know someone and you know when, why and how to work them
  • How to get to know them
  • Core function depends on what the person wants to do
  • Determining the form of core training
  • Universal core concepts
  • Core interaction between upper and lower body
  • What is the core? Bones, musculoskeletal and neuro-musculoskeletal system
  • Consciously subconscious
  • What they want, need, like to do
  • Relationship of ribcage to pelvis
  • Path of pelvis in movement
  • As pelvis moves in transverse plane to the left, thoracic spine moves in transverse plane to the right
  • What does core do?
  • What turns on proprioceptors to when we walk or swing a tennis racquet?
  • Train core function from first step
  • Specificity and universality
  • Core muscles in function desire to load eccentrically
  • Push up is better core exercise than a sit up
  • Conscious or subconscious contraction of TVA?
  • Go back to the study
  • Muscles are reactors, not actors
  • Who turned the TVA OFF in the first place?
  • Yelling at the light bulb vs. flicking the switch
  • Get to know the core personally before you know what it needs
  • Harder on us.. easier on the client
  • You’re going to have to THINK…

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Gary Gray

About the author: Gary Gray

Gary is the originator and developer of many nationally acclaimed educational programs, including the “Chain Reaction” series of seminars. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2002 John Maley award which recognizes an individual for innovation in physical therapy. Referred to as the leading pioneer and authority in rehab and training, Gary is a respected physical therapist, trainer, educator, author, coach and successful inventor. He has transformed his functional and biomechanical understanding of the body into the most effective performance-enhancement, injury prevention and rehabilitative applications. Gary’s passion for education and sharing, along with his innovation and desire, allows him to translate the complexities of human function into simple and effective techniques. Gary’s goal to enhance the lives of professionals and the lives of those they treat and train.

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