What is Kinesiology?
The study of the mechanics of body movements as a whole entity.
Why is training the core so important?
The core is where movement emanates from. If the core is weak, the rest of the body will compensate, leading to imbalances and injury. You want to shoot a canon from a ship not a canoe.
Why is machine training so detrimental?
Because machines are on a fixed axis of rotation and bolted into the ground and they don’t allow for our joints to work in their natural range-of-motion and the core is not challenged as the equipment is bolted to the ground. Cable machines are the only machine that allows the body to work in various ranges-of-motion and the core is required to work to stabilize the body.
So what exactly is core training?
Well quite simply, it is any exercise that utilizes the core musculature. These are not just the Abdominal and back muscles, but deeper layers of muscles under these superficial ones. These deeper muscles are responsible for stabilizing your spine and balancing your pelvis. When activating these muscles, I like to be more specific with how you do your exercises. Alex feels that it is very important to assess the functionality and structural components of the exercise and make sure that they adhere to the athletes sport. This means that each exercise has to have some functional carry over to your sport and everyday living. And the Structural component means that each exercise will work on postural alignment which is critical for everyone especially an athlete. This is because movement begins and ends with your postural position. So if you have great alignment while you are doing your sport then you will more efficient, therefore faster. If you are not aligned, then it would be like driving a car with its front end out of alignment, which eventually will lead to your body breaking down, resulting in an injury.
Why is this core training so important?
Because of the constant repetition of the sport. We all do a lot of repetitive movement. Repetitive movement is what leads to many injuries. So it is important that you balance your body out and do some exercises that are going to relieve the body from this excessive stress. This is why core training is so important. As the core musculature gets stronger it helps the prime mover muscles which are your big muscles(quads, hamstring, glutes etc) to share the work load, therefore keeping some gas in the tank so to speak for the later stages of training and/or racing. So in essence core training can be looked upon as injury prevention and increase athletic performance and body awareness.