What is the Core Strengthening Programme?
The Core Strengthening
Programme is an exercise programme that aims to improve stabilisation
and support to the spine. This is achieved by re-training specific
trunk muscles, which may be under used.
Once these stabilising
muscles have been re-trained the muscles of the arms and legs
will have a more stable base to work from. This allows you
to carry out arm and leg movements with more control and is thought
to improve the quality of your movement.
How will it help during sport?
- It will provide more support for your back
and may reduce the risk of back injuries.
- It will provide a more stable base for arm
and leg movements, improving the control and quality of your
- It will improve your muscular co-ordination
- As the stabilising muscles gain more endurance
you will be able to perform movements without your technique
deteriorating excessively, due to fatigue.
- Your ability to hold off opponents in contact
sports should improve.
The programme is broken down into stages and must be completed
step by step. You should not progress to the next stage until you
have mastered the exercises of the previous stage.
The stages are:
- Stage 1
Learn to contract the deep muscles which stabilise the spine. At first this
takes quite a bit of concentration. Each individual will master this at
their own pace. There is no set time, but perseverance is the key.
- Stage 2
Increase the endurance capacity of the deep stabilising muscles of the spine,
by practicing to contract them in different situations for as long as you
can. This will become easier with practice.
- Stage 3
Begin arm and leg movements whilst contracting the deep stabilising muscles
of the spine.
- Stage 4
Progress to the core strengthening exercises, while contracting the deep