Core training, as in the developing the muscle’s that connect and translate force between your lower and upper body extremities, are assuredly the most improperly trained muscles by the general population and many fitness professionals. Dewey Nielson brings a sober eye to this topic and shed’s light on a poorly understood training issue. PK
So how can we find common sense in a field where so many experts say different things? The answer is the “Risk vs. Reward” scale. Every exercise, movement, stretch, EVERYTHING in your program should be weighed on this scale. If the risk outweighs the reward you should find another solution to accomplish the goal. This is a major difference between average and great trainers. Our training philosophy at Impact Performance Training keeps the risk/reward scale at the forefront of our trainer’s minds daily basis:
1. Don’t hurt the client/athlete in the gym
2. Prevent injuries in the sport or in life
3. Improve performance or improve body comp (for general pop.)
Notice that our 3rd goal is general the 1st goal of most. But you must realize that if you hurt someone in the training process you possibly lose a client, several referrals, and taint your reputation. I can hear the birds chirping…..”Dewey’s program must be lame and sissyfied”. I promise this is not the case. Although I will always error on the side of caution I also get results and it’s not uncommon to see athletes sprawled out on the turf at the end of a training session.
If the risk/reward scale is not in your gym, it would be wise to have a great insurance policy