In Pilates, we are all about keeping your core strong and protected. Your core helps keep your body balanced and stable, improves your posture and alignment, help you get the most out of workouts and keeps your spine safe and strong. Overall, it helps you move in a more balanced, controlled and efficient way. This is why I teach you the 5 Basic Pilates Principles in my online Pilates Essentials Program and give tons of tips to make sure you can activate your core muscles correctly.
So, what exactly is "core"? Your core is not just your abs. When we talk about the core in Pilates we mean a group of muscles: including more than the abs or the so called “six pack”. The core also includes the internal and external obliques, transversus muscle (TVA), the pelvic floor (“pee muscle”) and the muscles that run along the spine (erector spinae, multifidus and psoas).
4 Pilates Exercises to Strengthen Your Core at Home (No Equipment)
1. HALF ROLL BACK
2. AB PREP
4. HIP ROLLS
(BONUS: Tips and modifications to safely intensify these exercises.)
I suggest doing these 4 exercises before a workout to warm up your core. I am excited for you try these exercises at home. If you'd like to try the complete Let's Start Pilates program, you can learn more about it here. In the program, you'll get full body Pilates workouts with to build core strength, improve flexibility and posture, and feel good in your body.
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