Why train the deep musculature of the core?

Suspension training can be great for deep core muscles, but it can do damage if not correctly executed. The cues we have been working in camp with low and high plank are KEY to the health of your back. The reason we practice proper plank is to build a strong foundation from which we create dynamic movement with the limbs.

On days when we use the TRX Suspension trainer, as we will at Danville and Rudgear tomorrow we will continuously execute the plank throughout the workout and reap the benefits of this focused practice because we will do it RIGHT. Below is a little paragraph I think you should read to help you better understand why we are training your core.


Location, Function & Dysfunction by Diane Lee READ MORE HERE


Transversus Abdominis
Transversus abdominis is the deepest of the abdominal muscles and wraps around the abdomen between the lower ribs and top of the pelvis, functioning like a corset. This picture shows the anatomy of this muscle with the outer two abdominal layers (internal and external oblique) removed. When transversus abdominis contracts the waist narrows slightly and the lower abdomen flattens. The function of the transversus abdominis is to stabilize the low back and pelvis BEFORE movement of the arms and/or legs occurs. This function is critical if wear and tear of the joints in your low back/pelvis (degeneration) is to be prevented. When healthy, this muscle anticipates motion and therefore we can use “intention” or imagery to retrain its function. This is a vital part of core training since you cannot strengthen a muscle that your nervous system/brain isn’t using. Training comes before strengthening.