Improve Your Performance, Eliminate Pain, and Strengthen Your Core
By Katherine Maguid
When Maia Ignatz broke her back after a cliff-jumping accident, she didn’t know how, if at all, she would fully recover. But through persistence and dedication to healing, along with a new and relatively radical form of core strengthening exercises called Foundation Training, Maia fully recovered. But she also went on to found her own massage business and to become the amateur XTerra Triathlon World Champion in her age group.
Foundation Training was created by Santa Barbara chiropractor Dr. Eric Goodman, who developed it as a way of treating his own chronic back pain. A unique series of exercises that focus on strengthening the posterior chain of muscles, Foundation Training can benefit everyone—whether you’re an elite athlete or someone who spends most of the time seated in front of a computer.
According to Maia, “It’s that seated position that stretches and weakens both our anterior and posterior core muscles—sometimes so much so that we end up in pain.” Foundation Training is specifically designed to target and activate those muscles, encourage proper movement patterns, and stabilize the pelvis. By opening up the anterior side of our bodies and strengthening the posterior side, it provides a comprehensive approach to core stabilization.
So, everyone can benefit from Foundation Training. “We spend so much of our time seated,” Maia says, “and that—combined with poor posture and aging—leads to our muscles becoming weaker in general.”
The Foundation Training website offers information and helpful resources. “But people will ultimately learn how to perform the exercises in the best way possible for their individual bodies if they can take at least one private session first,” says Maia, who was one of only thirty people selected to participate in the first Foundation Training certification program in December 2012. She now offers both private and group sessions of Foundation Training.
“Without proper movement integrity and a strong core, the health and strength of your body will become compromised,” says Maia. “You may become prone to injury or pain because you have dysfunctional movement or compensation patterns. But, if you have a really strong core, you will be a stronger and healthier individual.” foundationtraining.com
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