I’ve been an athlete all of my life.
I started on the local swim team at age 4, transitioned to competitive soccer at age 9 and began running marathons in college. Being that these are endurance sports, you can image I was always very thin. As a woman in today’s society, I felt the pressure to be this way. However, at a lean 5’8” and 113 pounds, I was never confident in my body.
What is your CORE?
(Did you miss part 1 click here to read) The core actually lies beneath the musculature that is typically trained in the traditional gym environment. These deeper muscles include the transverse abdominals, multifidus (small spinal muscles that stabilize individual spinal bones), diaphragm and pelvic floor. Why do traditional workouts and sports specific training not specifically target the core? It is not a prime mover but a stabilizer and the center of force transfer. Traditional training will focus on the core as a mover, thinking crunches and back extensions are the key. CrossFit knows deadlifts, overhead squats and pushups are much more effective. So the CrossFit athlete not only gains better overall strength but more efficient movement...
The CORE is the center of all functional movement.
This “thicker” core of a CrossFit athlete is developed as a reflection of the balance, coordination and stability of the body to perform functional movement. Search Google for images of CrossFitt athlete and notice every athlete, man or woman, has an amazing sculpted abdomen or "CrossFit Body". Anyone who has watched the Reebok CrossFit Games has no doubt that these elite athletes deserve the title of “Fittest on Earth”.