How Well Do You Know Your Core?
When it comes to climbing, a lot of us understand that having good core strength is essential to improving our performance. But how well do you know your core? Do you know what it is? Do you know how it works to give you more power, tensional strength and coordinated movement? Do you know why it is important for reducing injury?
Why do you need to understand your ‘Core’?
When I chat to people about core strength, there seems to be a common misconception that it comes from squeezing the abdominals. The abdominals are definitely part of the core, but so is the pelvis (amongst other parts of our torso), and I see a lot of students unable to engage their core in inversions such as handstands (Adho Much Vrksasana) or even standing still in Tadasana because their pelvis is not aligned. Meanwhile these students believe they have terrible core strength (i.e. weak abdominals), when really it’s their alignment that’s letting them down.
Knowing how to activate and tap into your core strength comes from having a foundational understanding of what your core actually is and how it works.
In this article I wrote for SA Mountain Magazine, I explain what the core is, how it helps our climbing performance and how yoga can help to enhance your core strength. I also include an asana practice that you can use as part of your training regime.
I want to send a thanks out to my sister from Enitor Exercise Physiology for the in-depth anatomical/physiological discussions and for checking over the content in this article. Thanks sis!