The Core- How STOTT Pilates Teaches You to Engage

“The core” is a pair of words that have dominated the fitness industry as well as sports as of late. Everyone is selling “the core” exercises. So what is the core and are you engaging it?

Many people confuse doing pilates exercises with engaging the core. It is very possible and common for people doing pilates to perform the exercises without engaging their core. How is that possible, isn’t pilates synonymous with core? It isn’t and you have to be taught how to engage your core properly. Some people do engage the core naturally but even they should be taught to recognize the feeling of the engagement.

Many pilates teachers give students cue such as, to turn on your powerhouse, the original word that Joseph Pilates used for core. But students may not have any idea what that really means. STOTT Pilates instructors are trained to teach students a systematic way to engage the core, so that they know what it feels like. STOTT ncludes this information in their instructor training, so you can be sure that if an instructor has been through the STOTT training, they’ve competent with this information.

When you ask someone what they think their core is they will inevitably say their abs. This is one-fourth right because of the four abdominal muscles; the pelvic floor and the lumbar multifidi make up the rest of the core. Core muscles only action is to stabilize the pelvis and lumbar spine.

To make sure your core is engaged, you have to take the time before you even get into the position of the exercise, to engage it. All three groups must engage together. Core conditioning must be very light, slow and mindful work.

The core can only train at low loads and intensities until it gets stronger. That’s why your first pilates session while not a “tough” workout in the traditional sense of exercise, is the most important lesson of your core foundation.


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