Mr Brown’s Fitness Questions

1. How’s your 6 pack?
You’re an RAFFT ‘light blue’ who can routinely knock out 60 sit ups in a minute during the RAFFT. And you have a very visible 6 pack! Question: Do you have good core stability? Answer: Not necessarily, especially if you have knee, hip, back or shoulder pain for no apparent reason!

2. So what is “core stability”?
“Core stability” describes your ability to control the position and movement of the central portion of your body. This central portion, the core, assists in the maintenance of good posture and provides the foundation for all arm and leg movements. Core stability training targets the muscles that connect to the spine, pelvis and shoulders. These core muscles can be classified at three levels; deep, intermediate and external. Your 6 pack, along with other big muscles like your Glutes and Lats are components of the external level.

3. What are the benefits of core stability training?
Good core stability can help maximise athletic performance and prevent injury, especially to the lower back and lower limbs. When running, power is derived from the trunk region of the body and a properly conditioned core helps to control that power, allowing for smoother, more efficient and better co-ordinated movement in the limbs. Well-conditioned core muscles help to reduce the risk of injuries resulting from bad posture and associated poor movement patterns during your daily activities.

4. How many RAF sit ups do I need to do?
I will answer that with another question; how many planks, side-planks, oblique crunches, Russian twists, axe chops, pull-ups, cable rotations, leg extensions, hip raises, squats, kettle swings and medicine ball slams to name but a few are you doing in your current workout? If that was a foreign language to you, then you need to get down to the Gym and talk to your friendly PEd Staff!

If you wish to speak to Ian or any of the other gym staff please contact them on Ext: 7094.

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