They say to get a really strong midsection the back of the body needs to be worked.
Working or playing on your computers, sitting at your desks, waiting in traffic, you are continually contracting your abs, throwing your shoulders forward and, ultimately, shutting down the back of your body. The end result being rounded back and shoulders.
If we’re going to keep our posture and our spines strong, it has to be done by exercising the back of the body as the core of the body or in other words “hinging”. In ‘hinging’ knees are bent over ankles, the body hinges from the hip joint, and the movement will originate in the pelvis, hips and hip joints. This exercise will simply open you up. If you’re done properly, 20 minutes is plenty per day. This will load the posterior chain while maintaining a neutral spine.
Dr. Eric Goodman, co-author with Peter Park of “Foundation: Redefine Your Core, Conquer Back Pain, and Move with Confidence,” explains this in his new book. “Extension is the key, because we do indeed live in a flexed state. The core involves two sets of muscles: deep muscles whose roles are primarily stabilizing the spine, or more generally the trunk, and shallower muscles whose primary role is movement.” He recommends a four-to-one ratio of back-to-front training.
“For every four exercises you do for the back of the body, you get to do one for the front. I think that’s the opposite of what most people are doing.”
“We’re trying to bring everyone back to the center, where they should be. I think this is the missing link.” Back pain is a barrier to millions of people, interfering with their health, happiness, and enjoyment of life.
“Foundation: Redefine Your Core, Conquer Back Pain, and Move with Confidence. “ Is co-authored by Dr. Eric Goodman, who After establishing a career training professional and Olympic athletes using Foundation principles, now is introducing his ideas to the public, and Peter Park, the official strength and conditioning coach for Lance Armstrong, Peter Park is a former world-class triathlete and ultra runner, and the current coach to numerous high profile athletes and personalities, including surfing champion Kelly Slater, the L.A. Lakers, the U.S.A. Cycling Team, Matthew McConaughy, and Rob Lowe.