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How The Rectus Abdominis Works

How The Rectus Abdominis Works

Having beautifully defined abdominal muscles, or a ‘six-pack’, is an achievement for many fitness enthusiasts, athletes and competitors. Calling the abdominal muscles a six-pack is inaccura. This is because there can be eight or even 10 segments depending on anatomy and build. (The most important of these muscles is the rectus abdominis.) Visible abdominal muscles is a… Continue Reading

The core powerhouse explained

If you have read fitness and health related articles, or chatted to fitness influencers and personal trainers, you would have heard the word core quite a bit. Personal trainers especially love to talk about this and the importance of doing exercises that involve, support and strengthen it. But what exactly is it all about? What function… Continue Reading

Obliques Roll-Back | Pilates Mat Exercise | Abdominal Exercises

What a way to work the waist! The obliques roll-back primarily targets the obliques however it also adds great mobility to the back, isolating one side of the body at a time and relying heavily on pelvic stabilisation. Your spine and scapulae are a focal point. You need to remain extremely stable during rotation as the… Continue Reading

Pilates Exercise | The Hundred | The Core Counts!

Founder of the Pilates Method, Joseph Pilates, has been hailed as being light years ahead of his time. The brilliance in his exercises is simply remarkable. Joseph designed a series of many highly effective warm-ups but the one we will be dissecting and analysing here is called The Hundred. True to its name, The Hundred requires you… Continue Reading

The Roll Up

In the never-ending quest for the oh-so-enviable, perfect wash-board abs, we are often asked which exercises will achieve this desired look. While nutrition will be a huge factor here, you still need to put in the time and sweat on your mat at home, or in your Pilates studio, to get the results you seek. Within the… Continue Reading

Pilates Mat Exercise | The Saw | Trifocus Fitness Academy

Just a twist and dip… The name of this Pilates mat exercise is so beautifully transparent and accurate in description as it conjures up such powerful imagery in one’s mind. Just as a sharp strong saw glides through wood so too would one ideally perform this Pilates exercise effortlessly in a ‘saw’ or slice-through-the-air action… Continue Reading