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Abdominals/Core

Eight-Step Abdominal Strength Assessment

The most common error made in roll-up or trunk-curl general instruction is not matching the client’s strength level with the appropriate level of demand. This should be a reminder that disciplines such as yoga and Pilates require personalized instruction and attention to detail. ..

Prenatal Progess

Strong core muscles are vital for helping prenatal participants offset pregnancy-related postural changes that can cause back pain and other discomforts. The following basic exercises are appropriate for virtually all prenatal and postpartum women. The moves are also excellent for…

Activate and Stabilize

Use modified Pilates exercises in your class. Many group fitness instructors use traditional Pilates exercises in the core-conditioning sections of their classes.

Pilates Improves Fitness and Trains Core Muscles

Regular Pilates mat classes can significantly improve body composition, flexibility and core musculature endurance, according to results from two small Pilates studies presented at the 2006 annual meeting
of the American College of Sports Medicine, held in Denver, Colorado.
In one study, from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, researchers followed 22 participants with n…

Stand Up Strong

A strong and stable core is the best foundation for improved strength, endurance, balance and agility. No matter what type of class you teach, you’ll enhance the experience by helping students engage their cores more effectively. These simple exercises can be used in any type of class because they’re performed while standing and do not require equipment. Try them in your warm-up …

Sample Class: Core Circuit Training

According to the 2005 IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey, 56% of respondents offer circuit classes, while 63% offer core conditioning. “Core Circuit” provides a great way to reap the benefits of both activities in a single session. This class uses closed-chained…

Eyes on the Prize

Every aspect of your class is an opportunity to guarantee participants have a reason to return. In my willPower & grace™ class, I take a goal-oriented team appro…

No Equipment Required

The popularity of core training has led to the misconception that to get results you need to use equipment. This simply isn’t true. And it’s a good thing too, because group fitness instructors don’t always have a lot of equipment to work with. In fact, there are a number of moves…

Activate and Stabilize

Many group fitness instructors use traditional Pilates
exercises in the core-conditioning sections of their classes. However, some of these exercises are too difficult technically and can set the average participant up for frustration. If an individual doesn’t have the strength or the biomechanics to perform the traditional roll-up, for example, then she might use incorrect muscles and injure herself. Yet the roll-up is taught in most classes.

Sample Class: Core Storm™

Many facilities offer some type of “core” or “functional” training circuit classes. While these may meet club members’ demands, instructors don’t always have formal knowledge of their subject. This can be detrimental. A successful circuit…

The Great Abs Debate

The Great Abs DebateIf you’re up to snuff on your anatomy and physiology, you know that the rectus abdominis is a single muscle. However, you may have found yourself caught up in the debate about whether you can train the upper and lower portion in different ways.

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