If you’ve ever wondered what’s the link between pilates and a strong core, this session is just for you.
Reminder: Your core consists of more than just your abs, although #abgoals are the reason many of us put core-strengthening exercises in our routine. Not judging, but you ought to know by now what the core really refers to.
OK, what are core muscles again?
Basically, your core is your torso or trunk. By that definition, muscles below your shoulders and above your thighs are considered core muscles. These muscles move, support and stabilise your spine, whether you’re stretching, running, doing crunches or trying to keep your balance. They consist of your abs (transversus, rectus and obliques), back (upper, middle, lower) as well as the pelvic area – that includes the hips, glutes and even pelvic floor!
So while ab exercises such as crunches and sit-ups count as core exercises, core exercises aren’t restricted to ab exercises. For instance, the popular glute bridge is a type of core exercise (since it works your glutes), and so is the superman move (which activates both back and glutes).
Why should I care about my core?
First of all, the bulk of your body – minus your head, arms and legs – is your core (torso or trunk). So strong core = strong body.
Next, your core is (figuratively) the backbone of your posture. Ever had an instructor ask you to engage/tighten your abs or draw your belly in towards the spine? If you’re doing it right, it would feel like you’re zipping up your midsection, and you’ll be able to perform certain exercises more effectively. You might also have realised that contracting your pelvic floor muscles helps you pick up heavy objects more easily. All these are part of core activation – the more often you do it, the smarter your body becomes at recruiting those muscles to support you in daily movements.
In essence, strengthening your core helps to improve posture, which affects the way you work, play and sleep. So yes, it’s time to think beyond ripped abs and sexy obliques when you do core exercises, though we can’t deny that those physical results are very welcome.
The sequence targets all parts of the abs (including obliques), plus the other core muscles we talked about. You’ll feel stronger, lighter and taller afterwards!