Mel Collie | Should You be Doing Pilates For Your Core?
In answer to my core question which was “Are you happy doing this kind of training, do you actually like it ?”(because if you are doing something you loathe, you probably won’t stick at it for long…) she replied…”Well, I know I really should be doing Pilates for my core, shouldn’t I ? ”
She is currently doing 3 sessions a week of 15 – 20 minute strength training.
That means moves like squats, lunges, shoulder bridges (this isn’t an exclusive Pilates exercise), push ups , running on the spot, rows, rotational moves, arm strength moves like bicep curls, shoulder presses, tricep kick backs, lat raises.
Does all of that mean she is NOT using her core?
Where is your core?
…is it just your belly?
Well, many of us do believe it is, but its way more than that!
It also includes(not exclusively…) your spine, your lower back and upper back, your shoulders, your neck, your pelvis, your upper legs, your inner thighs, your bum, your knees, and especially your foot positioning…
When the feedback from your feet to your brain gets messed up the resulting movement pattern will be unorganised.
However, Pilates is very much touted as the go to exercise for your core
For some people who adore pilates, it is just that, which is great…for them..
But please, lets stop the touting ( usually by Pilates instructors , and I am one of them!) that its the only way to train your core
Thats a lie
I’ve seen many Pilates people have no core at all and using neck muscles instead (that was me!)
You can do as many core exercises as you like, but still have – possibly – weak Psoas as you use obliques instead to compensate, weak Psoas as you use the neck to compensate, weak TVA( a major “core” muscle) as you use breath holding and/or neck muscles to compensate.
And there could be other compensations along the line, because you are unique! Your movement patterns are yours, not off the shelf.
What can you do? Get tested.
An NKT specialist will help you “find” your core, and use it effectively, to recognise compensations, how to release them and get these unorganised patterns organised, so you an be effective in whatever training you chose to do to work your core, Pilates, Yoga, Weights, Cross Fit, HiiT, Swimming, Surfing, Running, Rowing, Climbing, Boxing..the list goes on.