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What Does "Core" Mean to You?

By January 15, 2013

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Pilates core exerciseWhat core really means to you, not just as an idea but as a lived experience, is an important question if you are interested in Pilates.  After all, Pilates is a fitness system many, including myself, consider the alpha and omega of core workouts.

Therefore, it is my pleasure to be able to offer you, in your core explorations, a new article from a special guest author, renowned Pilates instructor and teacher of teachers, Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle.  Re-defining Core: Is Your Powerhouse Partnering or fighting with Gravity? is a beautiful intellectual and experiential investigation into the core and I highly recommend to all, from Pilates pros and beginners to others in the fitness world.

Please see: Re-defining Core by Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle

photo courtesy of Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle

January 29, 2013 at 5:56 pm
(1) Naomi says:

I can hear Wendy’s voice as I read this meaningful article. This only makes everything I am exploring with Wendy as my mentor with the Passing The Torch program through Balanced Body more meaningful because she is reinforcing the material at every turn…with her voice, her hands, her energy when we are working together and studying together–through readings and self-discovery while in my own studio. (And, it was awfully fun to see photos of the four best teachers out there: Marcos, the 2 Heathers, and April. Ladies, wait until you meet ‘em!)

As we all struggle to find not only more depth in our practice and our teaching, I for one constantly am amazed by how our clients fight their own best friend, i.e., their own body/mind/soul.
I’m not sure what the deal is, but I have to work very hard to not find myself teaching to that model and even more importantly, feeling that myself. Platitudes get us nowhere. But confrontation isn’t helpful either. What is helpful is finding the means to convey these concepts and what they mean to each client individually. That’s the real fun, I suspect. Because I know that when I work with the concept of up the front and down the back, the message is pretty clear. But if I encourage listening to one’s own body, it often results in my student’s wrinkled forehead and their gazing at the clock. Usually, they think I’m talking about pain.

There is so much to discover and that is why I am excited to be a part of Wendy’s mentoring program. It’s like having someone nourishing you rather than just feeding you.

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