Your Core is More Than Just Nice Abs

Core (noun):

  1. the tough central part of various fruits, containing the seeds.
  2. the part of something that is central to its existence or character.

When we think of our core, I think it is safe to assume that most people immediately think of their abs and our attention is quickly focused on our relentless pursuit of having a toned, washboard stomach. While it is true that our abs are a part of our core, they are only a small part of what makes up our entire core.

If we picture our core as a cube, our abs primarily comprise one side of the cube (the front) and some left and right sides. That’s only 1/6 of the cube! To put it in real-life terms, stacking even a lightbox on top of a cardboard box that has only one strong/stable side is going to cause that stack to crumble and fall.

So, what makes up the rest of this cube that we call the core?

  • Top: Diaphram
  • Bottom: Pelvic Floor
  • Sides (left/right): Transverse Abdominus and Internal/External obliques
  • Front: Rectus Abdominus
  • Back: Lumbar extensors and glutes

Proximal stability leads to distal mobility, or in other terms, a strong and stable core will lead to improved function throughout the rest of the body, while helping to reduce the likelihood of injuries. Your core is constantly working to provide a foundation for the body to work from so don’t be satisfied with your run-of-the-mill physical therapy. You must train this part of your body, just like any other part, to handle the stress of whatever it is you want to throw at it. At Apex, we have a unique blend of highly trained Orthopedic and Women’s Health Physical Therapists that can help you to identify those areas of concern and work one-on-one to develop a plan that is specific to your needs.

“Core strength is a relative thing. A gymnast and a heavy weight power lifter both need incredible core strength to achieve their goals… and yet they couldn’t be more different.”Susan Trainor

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Written by:

Aaron Sorvig, PT, DPT, Cert MDT

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified through the McKenzie Institute in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy
Aaron can be reached at

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