Over the last year or so, I have worked with a few people who are, for various reasons, been confined to a wheelchair. Each person has their own specific training needs, but a common factor between them (and a lot of the general population also) is a need to strengthen their “core” body muscles (the girdle of muscles that stabilise and support the spine and body).
For any human being, sitting for prolonged periods of time can weaken these muscles. And with weaker stabilisers:
- We are more prone to injury.
- We are unable to perform everyday tasks as well.
- We reduce our sporting/athletic performance.
So I loved watching the video below. It shows a young lad confined to a wheelchair, but displaying core strength, coordination, courage and an athletic ability I only dream about!