Chances are if you know only one thing about Pilates, it is related to the core. The core muscles of the body are the deep muscles of the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor.
These are the muscles we rely on to support a strong, supple back, good posture, and efficient movement patterns. When the core is strong, the body is supported. Having a strong, engaged and effective core not only means nice flat abs! It means a strong, relaxed and well functioning body.
Most Pilates moves require you to keep proper alignment and challenge your stability to stay balanced, which requires you to engage your midsection. The core lessons developed in a Pilates practice ideally continue beyond the Pilates studio and into the daily movements and actions of your life. Studies have shown that just 12 weeks of a Pilates routine, results in improved core strength.