August 29, 2011 5 Comments
Core stabilization exercises such as front planks, side planks, belly presses have been staple exercises at Endeavor and deservedly so. Core stabilization exercises are typically what we are after when working with our athletes but we can also stabilize the wrong structures, namely by using passive structures (hanging onto our ligaments). Most people basically live in some type of anterior pelvic tilt because of the associated desk-jockey lifestyle (sitting for many hours during the day). Sitting is hip flexion, therefore sitting for long periods of time will cause the hip flexors to become stiff and/or short which have a downward pull on the pelvis.
Anterior pelvic tilt changes our natural posture or alignment which then throws off the stabilization recruitment patterns of muscles. So, if we live in this position, the best option to stabilize is from bony approximation (vertebrae of the spine getting closer together). Charlie Weingroff had a great quote on his blog describing what happens when we have this anterior pelvic tilt, “ This anterior tilt creates bony approximation, and that bony approximation tells the brain, “Hey, we’re good down here. We have stability from bones being closer togther. We don’t need any inner core. You guys can take a break.” The natural curves of the spine are that way to resist compression and accommodate shear forces. Consequently, anything more or less than the natural curves may cause problems.