WTF DOES "ENGAGE YOUR CORE" EVEN MEAN?!
Ok, normally you hear:
- draw your abdominals in!
- maintain a neutral spine!
- engage your lats!
..... Wait, wuhhh?? LOL
- no letting your rib cage puff out!
- avoid arching your lower back!
- don’t hunch/shrug your shoulders!
Those are pretty much telling you to do the same things as the 3 cues above. Yes, for real!
So why the confusing jargon?! In the fitness biz, we’re trained to use positive cues over negative [that “DO this” is better coaching than “DON’T do that”]... but, there are always exceptions to the “rules” & with core engagement, I find that the “negative” cues are far more recognizable & easy to process while you’re FREAKIN SUCKING AIR - hahaha. I also created this 15 second video on Instagram that quickly demonstrates what those cues look like too.
I hope these tips help you to 1. better understand how to engage your core; & 2. better understand the language us fit pros use on the regular. Feel free to leave a comment or email me if you have any questions!