I wrote an article for this month’s issue of Tae Kwon Do Times focusing on the importance of core training for the martial artist.
In this article, this is how I refer to the “core” –
“The “core” is the torso, extending from the shoulders to the pelvis. It is the body’s center of power. When we refer to core strength, it is the intrinsic muscles that lie deep within the torso. These muscles attach to the spine and pelvis and include the transversus abdominis, and the muscles of the pelvic floor in the lower portion of the torso and the latissimus dorsi and obliques in the middle and upper torso. Many experts also include the muscles that surround the scapula as key core muscles.”
“This area is sometimes called “the powerhouse” because movement power and stability originate here. In addition to being the source of powerful, centered movement, the core muscles also provide a strong base of stability. The muscles of the core hold the body stable and balanced, whether it is stationary or in dynamic motion”
No need to findthe article on the newstand, I’ve posted it in my blog if you would like to read it in its entirety 🙂