Running, Core, and Motor ControlJun 21, 2022
You don’t have a “Weak Core,” you lack motor control!
Let’s imagine a runner that can hold a 4-minute plank, do 50 ball pikes, or hold a straight leg raise
But…… as soon as they run they crank into lumbar extension
- PT: “You have a weak core”
- Runner: “Uhh what..?”
Here’s what’s going on:
It’s not a “weak core” they just have never been coached on how to Carry, March, Step-up, or Lunge right!
If they can’t extend their hip all the core strength in the world won’t improve their gait pattern! (We have a previous blog post on this, located here).
Don’t be the “You have a weak core” coach programming 3 x 30-second planks
There’s a time and place for planks, but chances are you need to reach for the Kettlebell and teach how to carry, march, step up, or lunge correctly.
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