Core Strength Training & Pilates

CORE STRENGTH TRAINING

While all my personal training sessions promote core stability, balance and functional strength, I also offer dedicated hour-long classes purely focused on core strength and postural stability.

My classes are based heavily on Pilates but also include many techniques used in injury rehabilitation, postural correction and in sports such as martial arts and endurance running. All the exercises are designed to 'strengthen and lengthen' the muscles that stabilise our bodies either while standing or moving.

These sessions are not cardiovascularly demanding and aren't ideal for weight loss. However, they are an ideal accompaniment to any fitness program and have the pleasant side-effect of toning and tightening muscles.

They are also perfect for injury rehabilitation. I am a qualified sports massage therapist and can help treat many aches and pains. Alternatively, I am always happy to work with your physiotherapist to develop the best rehabilitation program for you. If you don't have a physiotherapist, I can recommend one.

Core strength sessions can be conducted one-to-one or as part of a small group, space permitting.

WHY IS CORE STRENGTH IMPORTANT?

Core strength and stability is the basis of all human movement and therefore essential for both everyday living and effective sporting achievement alike. It's no coincidence that the All Blacks rugby team – consistently the best in the world – have been using Pilates for many years now. A strong core and stable posture is also the most effective antidote to back pain. Poor posture and weak cores are prime causes of many chronic sporting injuries.

Our modern sedentary lifestyles – which many of us spend mostly sitting down either in front of a computer or television – are incredibly damaging to our natural postures. Following the old mantra 'use it or lose it', if we are relatively inactive for most of our waking days, our stabilising muscles become weak. As a result, our postures suffer and when we call upon our bodies to perform even simple activities like walking, lifting, even just standing up, our large 'global' muscles have to perform both the movements and stabilisation work at the same time. It's a recipe for injury and a prime reason for the rise in complaints of the ankles, knees, hips and lower back, as well as a common cause of falls among the young and elderly alike.