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An Unexpected Core Exercise: Toe Sitting, and Beyond.

By January 19, 2013

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pilates exercisesThere could hardly be an easier exercise than toe sitting. So why am I obsessed with it in the middle of January when everyone else is focusing on workouts and weigh loss? I'll tell you: Toe sitting is one of those little exercises that can revolutionize the way you move.

Practicing toe sitting, I found a whole new relationship in my body between the sense of energy lifting up my front and sliding down my back and how that relates to the power needed in more strenuous Pilates exercises. I felt that particularly in exercises working with a powerful extension of the hip and activation of the hamstring. Examples of those would include reformer knee stretches (see photo),  the lower body chair exercises, or exercises like kick back with resistance band.

Actually this dynamic of "energy up the front, down the back" is needed all the time, in Pilates exercises or moving through life. I'm just saying some exercises give us a more graphic experience of it -- and you may have an ah ha in a totally different way.  Give toe sitting a try. Let me know what you think.

Wendy LeBlanc-arbuckle teaches toe sitting as a "lower core" awareness exercise in her article Redefining Core, which I featured earlier this week.

photo courtesy of Wendy LeBlanc-arbuckle

Comments
January 20, 2013 at 4:14 pm
(1) pilates-powers.de says:

What a coincidence! I started the year with the same exercise at the beginning of my classes. Actually not only sitting but changing between the two positions sitting on the whole feet and sitting on the toes. It is an exercise we used a lot in our Kung Fu training to warm up for ground fighting.

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