Hi guys,  Kris from Custom Fitness here, your Amarillo personal trainer. Today we’re going to be wrapping up the two part series on the often overlooked solution to achieve long term pain relief. Now be sure to read part one if you haven’t already at the link here: And as always, if you have any questions about today’s blog then please give us a call at (806)-322-3188

So we hear a lot of buzz these days about the core, right? Everybody wants to work their core. Everybody’s planking, everybody’s doing burpees because we need to work the core. The question is do you know what the core is? The core is actually front, back, and sides, without your arms, legs, and head. So everything from your chest to your abdomen, your upper back to your lower back, and all down your sides is involved in your core.

What is the point of the core? To stabilize our bodies in any movement so that we can maintain a safe and stable spine at all times because if you break your spine, you have problems, right? So that’s the goal of the core is to really support and stabilize our entire body but especially that spinal column.

So if we’re looking at posture and we start to correct our posture by engaging the core, not sucking in. We’re not trying to be skinny. We’re not trying to get taller. What we’re trying to stand so correctly that our body can’t help but work right.

So think about a column under a strong roof, right? So if you have a column of a building and you have a very heavy roof here, and that column happens to be leaning, you’re probably not going to have a column for very long or a roof for very long, right? Happens for the most part, engineering needs to be strong and stable, directly underneath. Well, we carry ourselves a lot of times like that columns that’s pulled out to the side.

A lot of times we’re leaning, we’re shifting weight one side or the other. We’re doing things that don’t really make sense to our body, but our body deals with it. So what we got to do is start to bring our body into that better, straight up position, so that it can be fully supported at all times.

All right. The second part is movement patterns. Just like that guy picking up the tennis ball, if you are moving incorrectly, your bodies more likely to become injured. So if you learn how to move correctly, then you’re less likely to become injured, right? That only makes sense.

So how do we learn to move correctly? Well, that’s where high quality trainers come in to be able to teach you correct movement patterns. Now you may think, “Oh, that’s silly. I’ve been moving my whole life. I know how to move,” and that’s great. But I can’t tell you the number of people that come into us and don’t know how to do a lunge without hurting their knees or how to do a squat without hurting their knees.

The problem is squatting is sitting in a chair and standing up, right? That’s a squat. So if you can’t do that without knee pain, you’re going to have a very fatiguing day. You’re either going to be in bed all day long or you’re going to be on your feet all day long.

If you’ve got issues with the plantar fasciitis or things like that, there’s a lot of times movement patterns that are causing that that can be easily corrected. Same thing with neck strain and shoulder strain, upper back. We can get those to relieve themselves when we learn proper posture and movement patterns. When we put those two together, it becomes an unbeatable team.

All right. So the third part is activity level. If you have too much activity, you could cause an injury, right? If we go too far, we over train, we weaken the body, and we don’t get good things. However, if we’re sedentary and we’re not moving, we also risk injury because our body is not strong enough to do what we’re asking it to do.

So we really do have to meet in the middle. We’ve got to find that sweet spot where the two come together where we get just enough exercise to make sense to our body, help it to stay healthy and function well, which is also going to help you to lose weight and lose inches and body fat and all those things. But not go so crazy that we over train the system and our body can’t fully function anymore. So we have to find that sweet spot in the middle.

So how do you do that? I’m a little biased. I’m going to say hiring a training team is the best way you can do that because it’s not your full time job to know all the ends and outs of fitness. We’ve been lead to believe that it is. In America, we’re lead to believe that in fitness, we are supposed to just know what to do. Nutrition too. We’re just supposed to know what to do and do it. And you know what that leads to, a lot of feelings of failure, a lot of depression over the fact that people don’t feel like they can do it.

They try. They do their best. Maybe you’ve been in that battle. Maybe you’ve tried your very best, and it just hasn’t worked. Well, the problem is it’s not your full time job. It’s our full time job. We do the research constantly, we stay up to date on our certifications, we stay up to date with the latest and greatest information about efficient and effective strategies, not the fads coming in and going out. That’s not as important as the foundational approach of effectiveness.

So our goal is to be able to provide that to you and just like I wouldn’t go and tell the dentist I’m going to pull my own tooth, I would recommend that if you’re trying to fix some pains, that you get some help with that because pain is something that can definitely be made worse if not done correctly.

So, if you are wanting the accountability and help with creating an action plan to see results, or are wanting to someone to help create a workout plan to push you to your greatest potential, then that’s what we’re here for. We work with our clients not just on fitness, but also nutrition. What we do is we will ensure that you are supported throughout every aspect of your health and wellness journey, and that includes making those eating changes. We have an entire team of dedicated professionals to help you with your health and fitness goals. To get your consultation set up, give us a call at 806-322-3188 or email us at info@customfitness.biz At Custom Fitness, we are YOUR personal trainers in Amarillo, Texas. Have a great day.