Coach Faiza here, summarizing the importance of stability training.
Stability training, also known as training your core, focuses on the strengthening of the body's core muscles; transversus abdominis, multifidus, internal and external obliques, rectus abdominis, erector spinae, and muscles of the pelvic floor.
By strengthening these muscles the body is able to better control its movements in any direction, shift its body weight, and transfer energy from the trunk to the outer extremities. All these are needed as part of our day-to-day functioning and sports-related performance.
Stability training is used in conjunction with other exercises that are programmed to a greater goal. Allowing for enhanced performance, added muscular strength, and reduced risk of injury. It involves the balancing of joints, having a healthy alignment, and a stable posture.
Weak stabilizers make it difficult to perform tasks due to altered alignment and positioning, causing unnecessary pain and strain on the joints and tendons. Having resilient core muscles allows the body to perform optimally, efficiently, and with minimal risk of injury.
The ideal way to train your stabilizer muscles is through the use of free weights, by performing compound movements and incorporating unilateral and balance exercises in your workouts. The muscles listed above can act as a primary mover in an exercise or as a stabilizer of muscles depending on the movement, therefore, it’s also important to add variety to your workout routine.
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