Since our opening, we’ve had requests for a weekly “core WOD,” and we’ve put a lot of thought into the best way to implement these do-it-yourself workouts. But before we dive in to sit-ups, crunches, hollow rocks, and leg raises for time, allow me to explain just exactly what the core is, it’s function, and how the Moov “core WODs” will be different.
Your core is a complex series of muscles, extending far beyond your abs, including almost everything except your arms and legs. It is incorporated in almost every movement of the human body.
Because many people, including us sometimes, often refer to your abs as your core, from this point forward we’ll be referring to these workouts as the point zero (.0) workout.
Just as the beginning of all things can be referred to as the zero point of origin, so is the core the beginning of all movement in your body. An inception so to speak. Your “point zero” is not a prime mover, but rather most often acts as a stabilizer and used to transfer force to the outer extremities. When these muscles become imbalanced, such as overdeveloping your rectus abdominus by doing too many sit-ups, many issues can result, including back pain, poor posture, mobility and stability issues, and more.
The muscles in your trunk are detailed in the below image, become familiar with them, as they are all worked in our point zero workouts:
Note that the trapezius, lats, adductors, and glutes are part of your core.
When completing these new point zero workouts, please abide by these simple rules:
- The point zero workout is not a substitute for post-WOD mobility at the end of class. Post-WOD mobility is an integral part of the Moov philosophy, and an integral part of becoming a better mover. If you’re not convinced of it’s benefits, stay tuned, we have several science-based articles in the works, and feel free to browse through Kelly Starrett’s mobility WODs and this Breaking Muscle article on why we use Yoga Tune-Up balls instead of lacrosse balls.
- The point zero workout must be completed on your own time. You may not make a coach stay after class so that you can complete it (although they may elect to if they choose).
And without further ado, we’d like to announce our very first Point Zero Workout of the Week!