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October 2019 in review: core strength

Everyone talks about the need for a strong core, but what exactly is the “core”? What function does it serve? How do we train it? And how do we progress training? This month on HMMR Media we sought some answers to those questions with 3 new member videos, 2 podcasts, and 7 new articles from 11 contributors. Read more

Understanding and training cocontractions in high intensity movement

Across a range of different high-intensity sports like running, sprinting, changing direction, throwing and kicking, the body creates stability by cocontracting or co-activating muscles that surround joints or regions that are under stress. Cocontraction provides stability to some segments or body regions – so that they can be controlled – whilst others move. Read more

Debunking the myth of core stability

Core training is a staple in the training program of most athletes and general fitness goers. “Core” stability training arrived around the end of the 1990s and was largely derived from studies that demonstrated change in timing of activation of the trunk muscles in lower back pain. Core stability, the argument went, was the key to relieving chronic lower back pain. This has led to worldwide teaching of trunk bracing and “tummy tucking” for lower back pain and injury prevention.  Read more

GAINcast Episode 172: Core training roundtable

Core training is one of the most misunderstood concepts out there. Not only does the term core lack a consistent definition, but training is often inspired by myths. On this week’s GAINcast we assembled a roundtable of some of the most experienced practitioners in the area to try to define the topic, evaluate common training means, and discuss their own approach to the complex topic. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 207: Core competency (with Derek Evely)

Everyone talks about the need for a strong core, but what exactly is the “core”? What function does it serve? How do we train it? And how do we progress training? On this week’s podcast Derek Evely joins us again for a chat on core strength and many related topics. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 206: Abusing gravity (with Chris Kilmurray)

Most sports you work against gravity. In others, you work with gravity. In downhill mountain biking, gravity helps take you from the top of the hill to the bottom. Gravity can still abuse riders, but the best turn the tables and use it to their advantage. Chris Kilmurray joins us on this week’s podcast to discuss the sport, what drives performance, and training methods. Read more

Understanding and testing for stability in the context of power generation in sport

This article was co-authored by Peter Colagiuri with the help of Leigh Egger, colleagues at BioAthletic. Colagiuri will release an app for sports injury diagnosis later this year. You can learn more at Sports Injury Online.

There are various components required to create power in the context of athletic performance. Single leg power tasks include cutting or agility during running, jumping for a ball while running and during sprint take off. These tasks are integral in most sports yet a significant portion of our gym based strength training focuses on double leg strength and power. Squats and deadlifts are great for building muscle function but don’t provide a comprehensive platform for athletic function. In order to successfully train and rehabilitate athletes to full athletic performance, we need to ensure that all aspects of performance are adequately addressed. Read more

4 more things I learned from Frans Bosch

Two years ago I compiled list of four key points I learned from Frans Bosch’s work after reading his book Strength Training and Coordination: An Integrative Approach. Since then I’ve had the change to try out some of the concepts in training, talk more with Frans Bosch, and see how John Pryor has implemented the ideas. Therefore I thought it was time to add to that list. Read more

Understanding and implementing hip lock into training

As John Pryor mentioned on this week’s GAINcast, hip lock is one movement attractor emphasized by Frans Bosch that he immediately grabbed on to and saw results from. Look at people experimenting with Bosch’s methods on social media and you’ll likely see a variety of exercises aiming to improve hip lock. The problem is, much of what is going around lacks context and a full understanding of both the function and intent of these exercises. Read more