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Mel Collie | How stable is your core?

Mel Collie | How stable is your core?

Theres a saying by a respected health and wellness coach that goes like this:

“You cant shoot a canon from a canoe”

What does that mean?

It means, that if you are going straight into lunges, burpees and squats and your core isn’t stable, you are going to get problems.

Basically, exercises classes aren’t structured to assess you before you do any of their classes. Overhead weight lifts, strength raining on clients who have basically sat all day at a computer are an accident and a shoulder impingement waiting to happen. Thoracic extension can be very difficult when the spine hasn’t moved very much all day. Shoulder mobility can be very tricky when your ams stay in the same position all day. Forward head posture is now commonly more than 3cm. Instability and lack of mobility in the upper thoracic therefore is common.

You just turn up, and get on with it.

I’ve been there, so don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing exercise classes, I used to teach Bootcamps on a Cornish beach. Ive attended bootcamp and circuit style classes. Ive seen bad form, and its painful to watch.

Trouble is, I saw people struggling with good form whilst they bashed out another 10 push ups after sprinting , doing squat jumps and lunges, seeing their anterior tilts not improve, seeing them getting up super early to go to a session when a lie in was what their adrenal glands were craving.

Shoulder, back and knee injuries are common…yes, even in well meaning Pilates classes.

I used to go to an osteopath for my tight neck muscles, (too much studying on a laptop!) who told me that they had many clients who came to them with lower back pain after going to Pilates classes, mainly in a gym with more than 10 people per sessions, sometimes up to 30 people in a class…they were at the point where they didn’t recommend Pilates to any clients!

You are NOT going to receive personal attention if you are going to a Pilates or Yoga session for rehab if your physic/dr/ospeo/chiro has told you that you should be doing one of these classes and it has lots of people attending.

If you are super lucky, your instructor may have received awesome training from a great training provider and taken more in depth courses in anatomy and physiology, neuroscience and muscular patterns.

If they have, stick with them, have some 1:1 sessions, and your training will come on in leaps and bounds

You will know your imbalances, you can work to correct them, you can work to enhance your inner strength.

Build your core strength and joint mobility before shooting that canon from the canoe.

Your future spinal health will thank you for it.

Remember, more is not better…better is better.


Movement Pattern Detective in Training


Core strength assessments : https://gotpain.wufoo.com/forms/got-core/