AM Pilates Studio

Located in Las Vegas, NV USA 702-339-2809

Stronger and Thinner Every Day and a Faster 5K

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In the November/December 2012 issue of Fitness Magazine, a hidden perk of core strength was highlighted. A study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research concluded that runners who added 6 weeks of core training to their usual workouts ran a much faster 5K then runners who did not add core training.

The Reason: The 4 sets of abdominal muscles – the Transverse, Internal Obliques, External Obliques, and Rectus Abdominus, support and stabilize your hips and pelvis, allowing your legs to do their job.

Specifically, the Transverse Abdominals-which run horizontally around your waist like a corset, are crucial for not only avid runners, but for all human kind! Our activities of daily living (ADLs) – walking, sitting, lifting, lowering, climbing (stairs), carrying, etc. call on the Transverse Abdominals to support our bodies, particularly our low backs, allowing for more efficient, pain free movement. Woman Measuring Waist

An added perk? The Transverse Abdominals are the muscles that cause the waistline to lose inches, just by the engagement of these muscles. I lose a total of 3.5 inches, measuring from my resting position to my active position as I pull my belly to my spine and sit or stand tall (see my 5 Points to Posture Perfection).

Adding the practice of Pilates just 2-3 times a week will significantly alter not only your 5K experience, but the rest of your days!

Interested in Pilates classes? Call or text me at 702-339-2809 or email at

Author: Alison B. Marsh

Hi! I'm Alison B. Marsh. I am a Pilates instructor and owner of AM Pilates & Posture in Las Vegas, NV. I am also the creator of DK Body Pregnancy Pilates certification and blogger at Pre & Postnatal Pilates Education I am a wife to Chris, mother to Madison and Daniel (both adopted), Step-mother to Caitlyn and Kirsten, and mother to Zechariah born in July 2015, our first biological child. Feel free to contact me at

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