Looking to make one simple change in your fitness habit? Learn more about your core.
In 2000, a US federal court ruled that Pilates (like yoga or karate) is “an exercise method and not a trademark”.
At that moment, this decades-old technique emerged from underground as already-trained instructors unveiled books, training courses and DVDs.
As the method spread to gyms and shout-y coverlines of magazines, we culturally suddenly and ferverently turned our minds to our “core”.
When a new client starts and tells me they want to focus on their “core”, I ask them to define what they are talking about. Because, (I’m giving away a big secret here) most commonly, it has become a replacement for the word “abs.” (After all, who wants to merely work their “abs” when they can work their “core”?) But the two are indeed different — one is not better or worse, they are just different.
In my practice with clients, I attempt to offer the education and kinesthetic awareness of the muscles of the trunk and the ability to interperet what you are feeling.
If you want to self-educate, start in the same place I often do in the studio with a client: with an anatomy textbook. Look up the following musles:
* rectus abdominus
* internal obliques
* external obliques
* transverse abdominus
If you want to know more, please e-mail me at janis.isaman.ca