The truth is that abdominal muscles alone are over-rated when it comes to real core strength or conditioning. The “core” actually consists of many different muscles that stabilize the spine and pelvis and run the entire length of the torso. But before we get into a discussion about all the different kinds of muscles and how to activate them, let’s first let’s quickly talk about why this is such a hot topic.
When we are talking about core strength we are really talking about spine stability, even more specifically low back or lumbar spine stability. Studies have shown that without muscles, the spine will actually buckle and cause an injury with only 20 lbs of weight. 20 lbs!! Imagine being able to only lift that much weight. Our lives would be much different to say the least. So how can some people manage to lift well over 10x that much?