The more athletes I work with, the more amazed I am at how well some of these individuals manage to perform, considering the physical weaknesses and imbalances they possess. I don’t expect anyone to be perfect, but foundational core strength is pretty important, and is often less than ideal.
One weakness that regularly surfaces is the inability to maintain neutral alignment of the ribcage on top of the pelvis even under light lateral or rotational loads. The energy leakage or shearing that occurs across the mid-section can compromise performance and permit unnecessary stress to the spine. Proper core activation can increase 360˚ stability and prevent this problematic shearing from occurring.
–Rob Williams is a kinesiologist, elite personal trainer and posture specialist. He has been practicing for 20 years and currently operates an exclusive private training studio Mixx Fitness Studio, with a team of 10 trainers, as well as a multi-disciplinary posture facility, Performance Posture Clinic. Rob’s parent company is Williams Health Group. Rob is an accomplished writer and speaker in the fields of fitness, posture and nutrition. He is a sought-after posture and performance coach for professional and amateur athletes and celebrities.