- the deepest layer of our stomach muscles – comprising the “ Transversus abdominis” or “TA” muscles that wraps around the stomach from the ribs down to the pelvis and merges with the deep back “multifidus” muscles via fascia.
- They are deemed our “Posture Muscles”
- They should have a constant, low level, background activity that serves to support us centrally – therefore allowing the limbs to move around a sound base – liken them to the base of a crane – if the base is “anchored” the crane arm can move on all directions freely – if not – the crane will have increased stress and eventually tip over/collapse or break.
- They support our abdominal contents
- They work in conjunction with our pelvic floor muscles and diaphragm to provide good stability.
MORE TOPICS IN THIS CORE SERIES
• What are the core muscles?
• What does the core do?
• Why do I need core strength?
• How do I strengthen my core?
• How do I know if I have a good core?
• I have good abdominals so i must have a good core.
• How does pilates help with the core?