Stable, what? For those of you who have just tuned in and haven’t read last week’s blog, Tom Ovens, my Personal Trainer here in Geelong, is going to give me a different style of training each week for 8-10 weeks. This week it’s on Stabilisation Training, which is quite challenging and also showed up my imbalances from left to right side.We started with single arm kettlebell chest press off a mediball with 12-14 reps, before switching arms. Then we went to what I thought was going to be a simple bent over row, but boy was I wrong! Tom had me straighten my trunk, but then lean at a 45 degree angle to the wall and then do a row, but because of the position it was tough to stabilise. From there he had me upside down on a boss doing a single arm shoulder press, followed by a number of other activities. Probably the one I found the most challenging was balancing on one leg, whilst doing a TRX row. But enough of all the activities. More about the reason why we did this. Stabilisation training is great for mixing up your workouts by “keeping it guessing”. By doing similar movements all the time, especially when lying or standing on solid and stable objects, we are not getting the full potential of our bodies through all aspects of movement. Stabilisation training really makes your muscles “think” by making them use much more proprioception than they normally would. The proprioceptors in our muscles basically tell us where our limbs are without us even looking at them, we just know. In addition to working these proprioceptors, Stabilisation Training is great for a functional core workout, as virtually all exercises will involve some kind of core work. It’s heavily linked with functional training, as functional training incorporates multi joint movement not in a fixed piece of equipment or in isolating a muscle group or body part. But if you’re only doing one body part, such as we were doing, you certainly see your difference from one side to another… and we all know you can’t improve something unless you know it exists. The more knowledge I have about my body and myself, the more it will allow me to move towards improving it. The same will be for you.