7 Day Challenge 2020 - Day 2- Core
QUICK CORE REMINDER
In Pilates we use a 30% engagement of our core muscles, these aren't just our outer abdominal muscles (the ones you think of as the 6/8 pack muscles), but the 4 paired abdominal muscles: rectus abdominis, external oblique, internal oblique, and transversus abdominis and the pelvic floor.
The connection to the core is deep and it can take time to really feel like you get the hang of this type of engagement so practice is key.
I find the best way to connect with and learn to engage properly in your core is imagining that you have a belt on over your belly button -for 30% think of the 3rd notch on your imaginary belt
If you need a refresh just head back to yesterdays video!
It may not feel like much, but a small engagement like this, when paired with Pilates movements is all you need for intense, safe and effective movement. Don't get tempted to pull in as much as you possibly can and create tension where you don't need it.