All those dead bugs will not fix your unstable core
The two most important human skills for survival and performance are breathing and gaze stabilization.
Gaze stabilization is the ability of your eyes to fixate on a target for a length of time.
Our vision gives us up to 70% of the information needed for movement.
Your brain wants to maintain visual fixation level with the horizon at all times to help calibrate posture and movement.
If your eyes are unstable, then so are you!
This is a huge threat to performance.
Your vision is reflexively connected to your core muscles. Your core has some of the lousiest proprioception in the body, by design!
So, I find it hilarious (sorry!) that our fitness culture is still trying to fix core stability issues with thousands of dead bugs and planks!
Teaching people to “feel” areas of their body that naturally we don’t “feel well” with, is kind of confusing.
Combine this with the fact that the core is reflexively controlled by higher order systems (vision/vestibular) and now you have to wonder what the heck are we accomplishing when we voluntarily perform thousands of repetitions laying on the floor, for our core muscles!?
It’s one thing to want to strengthen muscles. This is good and necessary!
But remember, the actual output (strength) is driven by the quality of input and is almost completely reflexive.
So you want better stability?
Let’s fix your eyes!
Want to know how and why I started buying into this idea?
Complete and exhausting failure with people for years!
I’ve never assessed an athlete or client who had a core stability issue that also wasn’t presenting a breathing and vision problem.
It’s all connected dudes and dudettes!
At TMP, on day one, I’m assessing the two most important functions for your health and performance.
Breathing and Gaze Stabilization.
And, you won’t be leaving with a plank or dead bug for your homework!
Taylor Kruse is dedicated to empowering you with the truth and tools for improved health and performance.
His inspiration stems from more than 10 years of education and coaching through systems like Zhealth Performance, The Burdenko Method, and various movement practices.
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