As a therapist, Pilates instructor & previously a fitness instructor the phrase I have heard the most without doubt is "I need to strengthen my core".
This can be for a number of reasons back pain, posture, flat stomachs, toned abdominals etc.
But the questions is will we achieve the results we want to by simply just strengthening our core?
Have you ever tried Pilates before and thought "This is too easy for me" or "I don't feel like I'm getting a good enough workout"? Well, I can tell you now that you are not on your own with this thought. I've heard this quite a few times from those cautious of doing Pilates.
However I can also tell you, if you're finding Pilates too easy then it is most likely that you are doing it wrong!
We have all seen in the press that many athletes and celebrities do Pilates. Gareth Bale, Andy Murray, Darcy Bussell etc. Does that mean we are really fitter than them if we find Pilates too easy?
Before we go into the details of what we could be doing it wrong, let's just remind ourselves of what Pilates is.
There's a lot more to it then just the hundred!
Pilates. We have probably all heard of it, many of us have tried it and we probably all know someone who swears by it, but what actually is it?
One of the most effective statement of Pilates and what actually is, comes from Brooke Siler's "The Pilates Body" and she quotes the following:
Pilates Instructor & Therapist, helping you understand why we do what we do!