"The Core" has become such a buzz word and there is such an abundance of information about "core muscles" online, that we thought we should talk about it. Best news: we got this information straight from an MD! This is NOT our "theory" of the core; this is the science of core musculature. We hope it helps you clear away the cobwebs and understand what "core strength" really means.
Learning to perform hip extension from a prone position (lifting your legs when lying on your tummy) can be a little tricky... After all, the legs are HEAVY, and if the abdominal muscles aren't pulling in and the gluteus maximus muscle is not doing its job, the lower back will take the burden. Watch this quick online Pilates exercise video to ensure that your Pilates technique is enhancing your Pilates experience.
Even if you've only taken one Pilates lesson in your life, chances are you've done The Hundred. We LOVE The Hundred because it builds abdominal endurance and is one of the secrets to flat abs that you see in people who do Pilates regularly. Above and beyond that, it protects the spine and lower back (when done correctly!) Best of all, The Hundred can be regressed to accommodate all fitness levels.
Half Roll Down with Obliques, or Obliques 2 is a great way to both build abdominal strength and also protect the neck if classical Pilates exercises performed in the supine cause discomfort. We'll take you through proper execution and what to focus on so that you can reap the most benefits from this fabulous exercise. To see it in action, join us for a free trial at www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/free-trial
Catch glimpse of what it's like to have a subscription to UltimatePilatesWorkouts.com, with hundreds of online streaming videos. This ten minute version focuses on the abdominal muscles, but on UPW you can choose from workouts as short as 9 minutes to as long as 55 minutes, from level 1 to level 5, and targeting abs to arms to total body. See for yourself with a free trial at www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/free-trial
Learn the proper execution and biomechanics of the classical Pilates exercise Side Bends so that you reap all the benefits when you incorporate it into your Pilates workout routine. Side Bends is great for shoulder girdle strength and stability as well, but it is important to do it properly! For full length workouts that incorporate Side Bends and other classical Pilates exercises, shop a la carte at www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/shop or choose a subscription options that suits you best when you sign up for our free trial at www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/free-trial