Category Archives: Core

What’s So Important About Core Strength?

“Core strength” has been something of a buzz term recently, but I admit — until yesterday, I wasn’t sure what the big deal was all about. Isn’t core training just a fancy way of saying toning your abs? Our moms used to simply call this “doing sit-ups.” But there’s way more to core training than the abdominals (and getting a flat tummy), says Dena Stern, personal trainer and managing editor of Exercise.com. I spoke with Stern yesterday about why core strength is so important — and easy ways you can add more of it to your workout routine. What exactly is “core strength” or “core training?” Core training does two really important things — it helps you look thinner, and it supports your spine and helps with things like balance. I noticed when I started doing Pilates and a lot of core engagement that it...

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Pilates for Beginners: Explore the Core of Pilates

Pilates may sound intimidating, but it’s an accessible way to build strength in your core muscles for better posture, balance and flexibility. Pilates for beginners — is that an oxymoron? Not at all. Pilates isn’t just for fitness fiends. Pilates is an accessible way to build strength in your core muscles for better posture, balance and flexibility. If you’re considering a Pilates class for beginners, here’s what you need to know before you head to the gym. What exactly is Pilates? Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes use of the abdominals, lower back, hips and thighs. Pilates is named for its creator, Joseph Pilates, who developed the exercises in the early 1900s. A Pilates routine typically includes 25 to 50 repetitive strength training exercises. Pilates is similar to calisthenics, such as sit-ups...

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