Core Engagement for a Healthy Spine with Kalyn Harris

Saturdays: July 17th, 24th and 31st from 11:15-12:30

Week 1

In the first week, we will cover the importance of the “core to extremity” concept and how to organize the spine in a neutral position, brace the core and stabilize the trunk, known as midline stabilization. Without the ability to optimally brace your spine, you can’t effectively transfer energy to the hips and shoulders. This results in staggering losses of stability, force, and power, greatly increasing the likelihood of pain and injury. 

Week 2

Unlike the spine, the shoulders and hips are designed to handle flexion and extension. We will focus on how to create tension and organize the hips and shoulders in a good position to avoid movement errors. To maintain a braced neutral spine, we will cover “load order sequencing” and how to generate torque to activate the musculature to support the joints of the hips and shoulders. 

Week 3

Once we have learned to prioritize midline stabilization in static positions, we will put this approach into action by learning to maintain a stable, well-organized trunk during complex movements. By becoming fluent in full range strength and conditioning movements, such as squats, deadlifts, pressing and pulling, you will have a universal understanding for how to move safely and effectively regardless of what you’re doing.