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THE EXPERT Shanté Cofield

Cofield is a doctor of physical therapy, an outdoor enthusiast, and the founder of The Movement Maestro.

THE STRATEGY

The best way to think about your core is to not have to think about it. In backpacking, most core movement is reflexive, meaning it happens automatically in response to changes in balance. “Perform drills that require prolonged periods of supporting weight, and learn to brace for explosive movements like high steps,” Cofield says. A strong core

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