It's been the biggest thing in exercise for nearly 20 years now. I know this because I was on the very first Body Control Pilates mat training course back in October 1997.
This was just at the time that a load of research was coming out of Queensland University about core control and the world was waking up to ‘switching on the core’. Suddenly every physio was on a course about the importance of the Transversus Abdominus and how vital it was to the causation of low back pain.
However, although your abs are important, they are not the whole story. You have spinal muscles that run parallel to the spine, your buttock muscles (Glutes or Gluteus) and your deep hip muscles – they all contribute to core strength and therefore..Core Control.
You cannot just strengthen in isolation, so a six pack might look great on the beach but ignore the rest as your peril because you will cause misalignment that will create it own problems.
Working out a balanced fitness routine will not only improve your core but allow you to improve so much more. It can even improve the stress on your neck and shoulders.
Karen Grinter, Mum, Pilates Teacher, Back Pain and Exercise Specialist, Business Owner and Millie's Owner!