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• Physical structure and components of the core

• Transversus abdominis (TA)

• Finding and strengthening the TA

• Core strengthening benefits and cautions

• Teaching considerations and verbiage

Questions Answered

• What comprises the core?

• What is the primary role of the core?

• Describe and give an example of as asana that works each of the following: rectus abdominis, obliques, erector spinae, multifidus muscles.

• What is the difference between a sit-up and a crunch?

• What muscles are targeted in crunches? What is the role of these muscles?

• Crunches flex the trunk; why is this not optimum for most people?

• What is meant by stabilizers and prime movers?

• In the context of stabilization, why are crunches not effective for core health?

• Where is the transversus abdominis (TA) located? What is its function?

• What is the effect from engaging / contracting the TA?

• How can identifying the sensation of contracting the TA benefit students?

• What are some exercises that can help to identify the TA?

• When performing a lower abdominal exercise such as a leg lift, what clue can indicate the TA is not engaged?

• How is true core strengthening different from how popular culture promotes strong abdominals?

• What benefits are associated with a strong and healthy core?

• What type of movement is needed to bring balance after core strengthening work?

• How might a weak TA impact the psoas in some core work?


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