So you've been told that you have a 'weak' core and that you need to 'strengthen' it. Well, I'm here to throw a bit of a spanner in the works....as usual.
There are times that your core is only 'weak' due to the pelvis and/or spine being dysfunctional. After all, your core is made up of so many different muscles that if any of these muscles are dysfunctional then the core won't have all the components it needs to function at it's best. Hence the so called weakness.
So if you went about trying to strengthen that weak core of yours before getting rid of the muscle spasms and dysfunctions then, chances are, you are only going to strengthen the areas that are already working and cause further 'weakness' in the inhibited muscles. This means that you are essentially gluing the dysfunctions in place and causing even more problems.
So, instead, the plan is to get rid of the dysfunctions within the pelvis and spine first.
Chances are that once these areas are normalised all the muscles are able to work together to create a complete core. And subsequently, no longer needing the extra core stability that so many of us are told that we need.
It's really not as simple as being told that something is weak and that you need to strengthen it. You need to know if it is a true weakness or if the muscles are only being inhibited. There's a difference. And they both require different approaches. Time to think outside the box.
Once again it's not as simple as being able to tell you online whether you have a dysfunction or not and what you can do about it (again everyone is different). But one thing you can try is sitting crossed legged. If one knee is higher than the other or if you feel 'wonky' then chances are there is something going on that might help to get checked out.