F & F: Stabilization
All roads end here. All of these F & F blog post all summarize what this final F & F blog post of this year. Stabilization. What is stabilization? Where does it happen in the body? These are the biggest questions and misconceptions in the fitness industry.
In this blog post I am going to explore the fiction and the facts on both these two questions.
For the first question: “What is stabilization?”
Fiction: If your “core” isn’t in shape then your stability will not be there. OK this is total hog wash. Your core is technically your feet and the ability for your ankles and feet to distribute forces properly, so you can function.
Fact: The truth is stability happens everywhere. Stability is the bodies response to load placement and preform movement while distributing the forces equally from head to toe. Your trunk has very little to do with it, it does have a role but not how the mainstream fitness industry would have you believe.
Second question: “Where does stabilization happen in the body? I touched up on this in the previous point.
Fiction: Your trunk is where stabilization really happens. So, keep it strong. The mainstream fitness industry would have you believe that if you have a six pack you have a strong core. This is so far from the truth. Your trunk or “core”, as most people refer it, are a bunch of muscles that have many different functions some of which helps you bend (forward, backward, left and right), helps you twist, helps support your spine, connects upper torso to your lower body, and helps distribute forces throughout your body.
Fact: Stabilization is more of a coordinated firing pattern for you perform any movement that you need to do with the most efficiency and least amount of effort as possible. This means that stabilization happens everywhere in your body from head to toe so you don’t hurt yourself while you are doing anything from lying down in bead to a squat on the gym floor and everything in between.
These are two very brief explanations, I did this on purpose because I can literally go on for hours on the implications and misconceptions on stabilization and I really don’t want to either bore you or lose you on the importance of force distribution and their effect on joint structure based off the implied force and force profile and task at hand (i.e. standing bicep curl vs seated bicep curl). I will touch up on this in the new year when we break down a squat and see what is going on through the joints through the body and how forces change what is going on in those joints.
With that, I want to thank you all for reading these blog posts, Next year looks like its going to be even better with the new blog section: IR.