Midline stabilization is essential for effective functional movement. Kelly Starrett, of San Francisco CrossFit, explains the essential anatomy and physiology of it in this excerpt from his one day seminar at CrossFit Santa Cruz on November 9, 2008.
The midline is the entire spine, and its stability is dependent not just on the core, but also on all the prime movers of the body, including the hip, glutes, and hamstrings. Excessive tightness in any of the prime movers will affect the core muscles, often resulting in low back pain.
In this part 10, Kelly demonstrates several positions that open up the hip. Get creative and don’t get caught up in the musculature. Just find your tight spots and find a way to lengthen it. Everything is fair game as long as you’re opening up the tight spots.
This is the tenth of a series from Kelly on the theory and practice of stabilizing the midline in functional movement.