What’s All the Buzz About the ‘Core’

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Why are core exercises so important to pro athletes and endorsed by physical therapists?

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Core strength effects the entire body. Pro athletes know that core strength significantly improves performance.

Physical therapists know that core strength eliminates most back problems.

This brief article describes just exactly why core strength is so transformative, and why Pilates does it better than any other exercise method.

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What’s All the Buzz About Core Exercises

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The Concept of the ‘Core’ Began With

Why is Pilates considered the best at it? What exactly is the ‘core’ and why is it so critical to our health? Let’s take a look at these and other mysteries surrounding the current core exercise craze!

Pilates is the most popular exercise method worldwide for a number of reasons. Chief among them is that it works like no other exercise for creating strength and flexibility in the center or ‘core’ of your body. No other method rivals the effectiveness of Pilates for core conditioning. This is why elite athletes do it and physical therapists prescribe it.

The ‘Core’ of Pilates

These unique exercises were created by Joseph Pilates nearly 100 years ago and refined by numerous practitioners ever since. So effective are these exercises, that after nearly 40 years of practicing and teaching this marvelous method, I conclude that Joseph Pilates is the Einstein of fitness. He was a giant – a game-changer – in the fitness world. He invented the first exercise and rehab equipment and held dozens of patents. He discovered that strong abdominals cure most back problems and that slow and controlled movement relieves most joint pain – ideas now fully endorsed by the medical community. He was the first fitness practitioner outside of martial arts traditions to create exercises that train the mind as well as the body. And Pilates is one of the few methods that provides everything the body needs in one complete workout – cardio, stretching, balance and strength training. Plus, eccentric contraction and dynamic stretch, prominently used in each Pilates exercise, have been found to have more benefits than any other strength building and stretching technique. These are just a few of Joseph Pilates’ stunning contributions to the practice and science of exercise.

What Is the Core

Perhaps his greatest contribution was the discovery that there are 3 muscle groups virtually ignored by every other exercise method – the inner abdominals, inner obliques, and the iliopsoas. He also found that when these muscle groups are strengthened everything changes from simple everyday activities of walking, sitting and climbing stairs to athletic and artistic performance. These muscles as well as all the others in the center of the b.ody – outer abs, outer obliques, glutes, and lower back muscles – constitute what we call the ‘core.’ For a look at exactly where these are located here’s a short demonstration…..

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