The core is the foundation of any resistance Pilates workout. It is the center of the body, providing stability, support, and power during movements
WHAT IS THE CORE?
In the context of the human body, the term "core" typically refers to a group of muscles known as the core muscles or core stabilizers. These muscles are located in the torso region, specifically the abdomen, lower back, and pelvis. The core muscles play a crucial role in providing stability, support, and control for the entire body. The core muscles include:
1. Rectus Abdominis: This is commonly referred to as the "six-pack" muscle and is located in the front of the abdomen. It helps to flex the spine and stabilize the pelvis.
2. Transverse Abdominis: This is a deep muscle that wraps around the abdomen like a corset. It provides stability to the spine and pelvis and plays a significant role in maintaining good posture.
3. Internal and External Obliques: These muscles are located on the sides of the abdomen and help with rotational movements of the trunk and stabilization of the spine.
4. Multifidus: These are deep muscles located along the spine. They provide stability and control the movement of individual vertebrae.
5. Erector Spinae: This group of muscles runs along the length of the spine and helps to maintain an upright posture and control the movement of the spine.
6. Pelvic Floor Muscles: These muscles are located at the bottom of the pelvis and provide support to the organs in the pelvis, control urinary and bowel function, and contribute to core stability.
The core muscles work together to stabilize the spine and pelvis during various movements, such as bending, twisting, lifting, and maintaining balance. They provide a solid foundation for the extremities to generate force and transfer energy efficiently. Strong core muscles are essential for maintaining proper posture, preventing injuries, improving athletic performance, and enhancing overall functional movement.
HOW CAN YOU STRENGTHEN THE CORE IN RESISTANCE PILATES WITH COREFIRST?
Focusing on the core is the foundation of Corefirst, however Pilates, in general, is all about working multiple muscle groups at one time with the core regularly being the star player. When creating the Corefirst, it was really important that we solved some of the common fitness concerns in order to make it more accessible. With our Corefirst Wraps, you no longer have to focus on “holding on” to something (or accidentally letting go), and you can spend your time focusing on getting an effective workout and utilizing the proper form.
READY TO FEEL THAT CORE?
Try a few of these workouts on the Corefirst Training Platform!
Our Corefirst classes are taught by Professional Pilates instructors and specifically target the deep core muscles and the added resistance stimulates muscle growth and strength development more effectively. Additionally, the multiple repetitions and holding positions that are featured in our classes work to build muscular endurance, enabling the muscles to sustain their contraction over longer durations. A strong core not only enhances resistance Pilates workouts but also benefits everyday activities and overall well-being.