Science Suggests Core Training Is Useless

At the heart of “core training”, as presented by many trainers, coaches, therapists,  is the idea that increasing core strength will improve performance. Yet since the 1980’s, researchers have yet to prove the link. In fact, the studies repeatedly show no improvement in athletic performance from “core training”. So, why bother? The “core” concept originally started out defined as the […]

Swiss Ball Sit Up: How to Get Stronger Abs and a Weaker Back

Many of us suffer from Googleitis – a painful, inflammatory condition of the mind created by a need to find answers on our own. I made that up but I think it’s true. For example, if you search for “Core Exercises” in Google or Bing or Yahoo, you’ll get upwards of 125,000,000 things to look through and then you have […]

Question from a Reader: What Are the Best Exercises for Ab Toning?

The question for today comes from a reader who wants to know about ab toning: Hi Doug, I don’t believe I have ever seen a discussion of the vertical (flexed/extended) leg raise for ab toning. I have spinal stenosis and find it and planks the most back friendly for core strength. Your thoughts? Thanks, Bob (not his real name) Thanks […]

Is This A Good Exercise for Lower Back Pain?

I received a question from a reader asking me about her back trouble and an exercise called the “triple threat”. Because the email had several things we could learn from, I’m answering it in a slightly unusual way: you’ll notice that the email text is in red and my thoughts are in black below. I hope you find this helpful […]

The Eight Core Training Exercises To Avoid

“Core strengthening” is a phrase used so often that people no longer actually know what it means. If you do crunches, is that a “core” exercise? And what about swiss ball crunches or how about this one in the video below? How did we get here? The Origins of Core Training The concept or “core exercises” has it’s origins in […]

Five Ways to Toughen Up Your Back

Most musculoskeletal (muscle, tendon, fascia, ligament, bone, etc) symptoms appear when the physical demand exceeds your physical capacity; your inability to produce and / or absorb sufficient force. A simple way to understand the relationship of force and ability to withstand it, is this: Stand next to your dining or breakfast table. Take your right hand, place the back of […]