“Power To Your Core Part 3” written by Vanessa Bartlett and published in Great Health Guide (May 2016). This is the final instalment of this great series about using pilates to strengthen your core muscles. Read other fitness articles on our website. Great Health Guide is a hub of expert-inspired resources empowering busy women to embody health beyond image … purpose beyond measure.
Fitness: Power To Your Core Part 3 written by Vanessa Bartlett
Pilates can build strength, tone up muscles, improve core strength, connect the mind and body and help flexibility. This final article of three looks at strengthening and shaping your hips, butt and thighs with Pilates and getting them in shape is certainly one of the most common ‘body’ goals of all time! It does take work – a delicate balance between eating well and using a combination of training methods that will not only strengthen and shape your outer muscles, but also your inner, supportive muscles.
When we look at ‘toning’ this area all we want is to look good and feel comfortable in our own body, while understanding the concept of ‘stability’ as mentioned in my previous two articles. The great thing is that by targeting these three key areas for ‘shape,’ by default you will be giving yourself a whole heap of strength and stability gains too.
Think about how we use our hips, butt and thighs every day. We stand, sit, walk and exercise. It is how we actually ‘move’ our whole body. So much depends on the ability of the body to correctly move and stabilise the hips and torso.
If, for example, you have a weak pelvic girdle and weak, deep lower abdominals, this will cause your body to ‘sway’ every time you take a step. This mis-alignment moves through your whole body and causes muscular imbalances over the long term. Sometimes in the short-term, it causes back and neck pain, pelvic pain, even sore knees and lower body pain. It’s all connected!
Getting started by focusing on exercises that train and strengthen your hips, butt and thighs is a great way to build and maintain strength. By focusing on the order in which you breathe and connect your muscles for movement, you are building your body awareness which helps to know if you are truly targeting the right areas.
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