How do I know if I have a good core?

Core Strength is deceptive! The most highly trained athlete may have a poor core, and those that look a little less “toned” may have a great core!

Just because you can hold a plank position does not necessarily mean you have good core control – you could be over using other muscles insead.

Unless you have been looked at “properly” it is hard to know whether you have good core strength or not. The other complicating factor is whether you are static or moving – you may have some core strength when static and still – but not when moving such as when you lift your leg up.

 

QUICK TEST – TRY THIS!

STANDING

  1. stand feet hip wodth apart in front of a long mirror
  2. lift one leg off the floor to about hip height – so your hip and knee bend to 90 degrees
  3. as you look at your self – does you hip or shoulder  height change?, are you leaning over, do you ‘wobble’!, do you need to hold on!
  4. does you hip/ lower back “clunk” or shudder when you put your leg back down

These are some indicators that your core may be weak.

Other Factors pre- disposing you to weak core muscles:

  •  – do you do have back pain or have you injured your back before – core muscles switch off” when in pain or injured
  •  – are you in  sedentary job and or seated most of the day.
  •  – have you had a baby or any major abdominbal surgery?
  •  – have you had a cold or flu thats made you cough a lot?

The last two also have bearing on poor pelvic floor muscles which are closely linked to the core -those with a  weakened  pelvic floor generally have a  high correlation with poor core strength.

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About Saree Hewlett (135 Articles)
Saree has 20 + years as a physio, training in the UK and completing her Masters in Manual Therapy in Perth, UWA. She has integrated Pilates into her practise having trained in the Polestar method and currently owns and runs two Studios in Perth's Northern Suburbs. A previous international Artistic Skater she understands the needs of sports people and also those suffering from chronic pain and reduced function - we all want the same thing - to be the best we can be! She is married with two active young boys!

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