Why is having a strong core so important for your health and wellbeing?

Having a six pack may look good but that’s not the only reason people are working on their core, having a strong core is so important.

Firstly, a strong core is vital to having a healthy back and good posture. Other benefits include better balance and stability, a flatter stomach and oh of course the coveted 6 pack cant appear unless you have a super strong core!

Of course, the number one way we recommend working on your core is to come into Muse Pilates Studio for an amazing whole body workout where core is engaged the whole time.

When you can’t get to the studio, a great way to work out your core is by mastering the plank!

Here’s how to do it:

FULL PLANK:

Begin on hands and knees with wrists behind shoulders and knees under hips, toes tucked. Move shoulders forward over wrists and lift knees off mat to create one long line from crown of head to heels. Tuck tailbone slightly towards the floor, broaden through collarbones and shoulder blades, and draw belly button toward spine.

HALF PLANK:

Begin on hands and knees with wrists behind shoulders and knees under hips. Move shoulders forward over wrists and lower hips toward floor until body forms one straight line from crown of head to knees. Tuck tailbone slightly towards the floor, broaden through collarbones and shoulder blades, and draw belly button toward spine.

Start off slowly and add to it! If you are new to planks, why not start with a 30 second half plank and work up to a 60 second (or more!) full plank over a month. Go for it! If you need any help, you can always ask our teachers!

If you live in Dulwich Hill, Earlwood, Petersham, Marrickville, Stanmore, Summer Hill, Ashfield, Hurlstone Park, Ashbury, Bexley or surrounds, come into our studio on Wardell Road, Dulwich Hill so you can experience our boutique reformer Pilates studio.

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