What is “Pillar Strength”?
Pillar strength has replaced core strength as the new buzz word in fitness. When people think of the “core” they think of the torso or possibly just the abs. Pillar strength is kinetic linking or learning to engage multiple groups of muscles – specifically the hips, torso and shoulders. The three muscle groups need to be engaged together with no energy leak or loss.
A good example to illustrate this is running: You want to have one hip extended with the glute flexed (your plant leg) and the other hip flexed. You need your torso and shoulders engaged as well or you will bend forward and lose energy or ground transfer force from each foot strike. Picture Usuain Bolt upright, slight forward lean with a straight line between shoulders, hips, knees and ankles.