H.O. Fitness - News and Advice
Stand up and be functional with your Pilates practice..... keep it in keeping with our lifestyles...
Workouts need to focus on exercises that require balance, strength (through bodyweight or small equipment) and stability... squats, deadlifts, overhead press moves using weights are ideal....(the squat is a brilliant exercise for working pelvic floor, change position on your feet, internal, external rotation of the foot, effects the femur in the acetabulum (hip joint - ball & socket) into the pelvic. The pelvic floor muscles & ligament fibres run from different angles in the pelvic floor, so you need to work in different plane of movement, for them to strengthen .
For a more effective way to work your core, pick up a medicine ball or dumbbell, instead of being on the floor. The heavy weight or ball will allow the body to move in different directions, at different levels and at different speeds (looking at muscle deceleration principles) so the core and other muscles are strengthened and activated.
Flexibility is determined as the ability of the muscle and joint to move through their full potential range of movement for the required activity. When the ends of the muscle attachment are the moving apart, the muscle is said to be in a lengthening state. On the other hand, if the muscle attachments are resistant to lengthening, then the muscle would be in a shortened state.