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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org