“Pull in your core!” “Use your core muscles!” “This one’s for your core”
Words and phrases you may have heard if you have ever been to a gym class, had a personal trainer or been to your physio for injury management….but what does that mean? And what muscles comprise your “core?”
Your core stabilisers are made up up of 3 main muscles groups – your Transverse Abdominals (Deep Abs); your Pelvic Floor (a sling from your pubic bone to tail), and Multifidus, (small segmental muscles lining your spine). Collectively these 3 groups support and stabilise your spine and pelvis to protect from excessive movement and loading. Think of them like scaffolding supporting an important building – i.e you!
These muscles are not the glory makers like your thighs or glutes…they are slow burners working at a low level in the background, so when activated prior to movement they ensure your movement is smooth, steady and controlled.
Learning to fire these muscles correctly to help your posture, balance and stability takes practice. If you are unsure on the correct technique, chat to your physio – they can look at you on real time ultrasound and give you accurate, objective and real time feedback.