--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "curtisdeltablues" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > Core training refers to a body of information gathered by physical > therapist about the balance of strength and flexibility needed for our > muscle system function properly. Sports trainers have learned so much > about rehabbing injuries and some physical trainers are using it as > the basic exercise program for athletes to prevent injuries. The > basic core training is your stomach and back muscles which work > together to keep our backs functioning properly and the correct > balance of power with our limb muscles. Asanas were good start for > gaining flexibility in the back, but you need to add the strengthening > of all the stomach and back muscles to have a strong core. If your > core is strong then you don't displace energy into your limbs, which > strains your joints if your core muscles are weak. One guy who was > way ahead of the curve on this was Joe Pilates, whose training > programs are all over. I am a big fan of Mark Verstegen's work at > http://www.athletesperformance.com/ He has a very popular book and > DVD for an exercise program which you can customize for your own > fitness goals. > > The yogic system was great for its time but there is a lot of new > information about how important it is not to stretch ligaments which > many yogic postures do. The lotus posture is one of the the worst > offenders. Sports therapist have discovered how to position stretches > so you only lengthen the muscles not the tendons. He also has a great > program for exercising the small supportive muscles around each joint > so that it functions in the proper position without as much wear and > tear. Many body builders found this out the hard way by over > strengthening the pecs and lats which pulls the shoulder forward and > down, destroying the rotator cuff over time. Each joint has a bunch > of small muscles to position it properly and it takes light weights > and precise positions to get them strong. Once I strengthen these > supportive muscles it made a huge difference in my overall strength. > Both these systems have helped me a great deal but they are not the > only ones out there. This information is so hot in exercise > philosophy now there are many sources for it. Good luck! I am also > curious about what exercise programs other people are enjoying.
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