Core Stability & Back Care
As our neanderthal relatives were setting off for another hard day at work the last thing on their minds was core stability or neutral spine. They didn't think about muscle bracing and adopting the correct posture, why should they? It was sub-concious. As hunter gatherers, their lives would be focussed on survival, which mean eating, procreating and protection of families. The deep abdominal muscles of the torso would have been continually active throughtout all of their running, carrying, lunging, dragging and lifting movements.
Unfortunately technological advancements have allowed modern day societies to lose track of what their bodies were designed for. Through a lack of appropriate exercises and changes in lifestyle we have created a new phenomenon - 21st century man!
Nowadays there are fewer mammoths to chase. Consider everyday activities such as putting the baby into a pram or shopping into the car. The muscles of the torso are required to brace or tense briefly upon exertion in order to stabalise the spine and assist the lifting movement and to reduce any potential risk or injury to the lower back.
In order to improve the trunk there is no one optimum exercise you can do, instead a balance of apppropriate exercises relative to your own goals and specific needs is required.