Why you need a strong adaptable core
The aim of a Pilates Core workout is to strengthen your core. Your core is made up of the pelvic floor muscles , the deep abdominals called your transverse abdominis, small muscles in your back called multifidus and the diaphragm. These muscles all collaborate in a pressurised system to help give you stability and protection to your trunk – like a corset hugging your body. Weakness or an overtly tight core can result in back pain, incontinence, injury particularly to the lower back and hip region and cause further imbalances and complications further up and lower down.
You can start to strengthen your core through a Pilates core workout by deliberately engaging your pelvic floor and deep abdominals and then start adding load and challenge by doing certain Pilates exercises.
Pilates core workout (or abs)
How to engage your pelvic floor muscles
Start by lying on the floor with knees bent. Place hands on your pelvis. Exhale and gently tighten your back passage (anus) and front passage (urethra). Under your hands you might feel a tightening in your lower abdominals – that’s your TA kicking in. If you can’t feel your lower abs then try to tighten your lower belly by tensing the area between your hip bones. A bit like drawing your hip bones together or tensing your belly to your spine. Hold the engagement and release and try not to hold your breath. x 8