9 Health Tendencies High Trainers Hope Go Away in 2022


dan john, world-renowned strength coach, author, and athlete who simplifies the complexities of health and fitness: @coachdanjohn

People worry too much about “core training” – a term that is misused and overused. The word had entered the public consciousness. Moms were quick to add it to their list of things to look after in their children’s development.

There is much disagreement as to what constitutes the core. Olympic weightlifting champion Tommy Kono once said that the hips are the real core, and I can’t disagree. Aside from the arms and legs, I think the entire rest of the body is the “core”.

As I watched people simply get up off the floor (an important key to reporting total body strength), I noticed that most people think the front of their neck is their core. It always moves first.

All those years of crunching had taught her to move her head first. The human head weighs eight pounds, as we learned from the movies, and is often used as a trick in many training programs.

I primarily teach that the body is one piece. This is my hit on the term “core”. The currently accepted definition points it back to the Frankenstein’s Monster approach to weightlifting: arm day, leg day, diamond day — and, unfortunately, core day.

You can work the core with farmer’s walks, Olympic lifts, and even deadlifts, to name a few. Training the whole body always trumps this notion of pieces. But whatever you do in 2022, just stop saying “core.” i just hate it

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