You hear us say “Engage that core & zip up those abs” regularly in our Pilates classes. What do we mean?
A good way to think about it is to remind yourself that your abdominal muscles cover your entire torso. When do you Pilates, you want that entire torso engaged most of the time. So imagine that you knew someone was about to punch you in the stomach – you’d tighten up your abs to try to lessen the impact. That tight feeling is what we mean when we say zip up your core.
Try it next time you’re in class. If you’re new, learning to keep your abs tight through the class (even when we’re working our legs and arms) is a great extra challenge and another way to see bang for your buck.