The best abdominal exercises are the ones that help develop core strength. You can do sit-ups till the cows come home, but the only muscle you’re working on is the rectus (the six-pack). In fact, if you go too hard, you may damage some core muscles. Its very important to strengthen all of your core muscles. Why? Here are some good reasons:
You'll look your very best
They help hold you upright
They help with balance, good posture and alignment
They work with back muscles to stabilise and support the spine
You'll improved control over bladder & bowel function
Want a body like this? Go to our TOP 3 AB EXERCISES right
One of the central tenets of pilates, is core strength. The core muscles I refer to are your solar plexus and include the diaphragm, transverse abdominus (the one that flattens your tummy) and multifidus (either side of lower spine), the oblique abdominals and the pelvic floor.
This region in pilates is often referred to as the powerhouse as it is in eastern exercise philosophies. In eastern philosophies such as yoga, tai chi and chi gung, it is referred to as the centre of chi (or energy.) There are a number of ways to strengthen these muscles and to actually learn how to "engage" the core - these are outlined here in our CORE STRENGTH page.
The pelvic floor muscles are literally the foundation of the core and need special attention. so check out our
Pelvic Floor Exercises
page or take a look at the VIDEO below with 3 of the best abdominal exercises.
BELOW you have access to our online Correct Posture Test which will help you to discover exactly what stretches will be of benefit to you. This is available when you receive for our monthly newsletter. The NEWSLETTER, (called NEWSY PILATES STUFF), provides useful illustrated information about exercises and stretches, a little bit of gossip, and video stretches - and of course it's FREE. The form below is a simple one and requires little time to complete.
To find the best abdominal exercises for your interest, browse the following pages, particularly, the Abdominal Exercises page below for women.