Pilates Sample Exercises:
Simple - Yet Effective - Exercises for Strengthening your Back.The following are Pilates sample exercises to help strengthen your back - especially as you recover from back pain.
From my experience as a chartered physiotherapist and Pilates instructor over the years, I have commonly seen people who tend to overdo it when starting strengthening exercises for their back. Back pain caused by doing too much too soon, can do further long term damage to your back.
Strengthening of your back is a slow process.
It should be carried out under the guidance of a trained physiotherapist and subsequently Pilates instructor. Patience is required but the long term rewards are truly amazing.
Below are a few samples of Pilates back strengthening exercises I use with my own clients (find out more about the difference between Yoga and Pilates).
Warm up exercise before Strengthening Exercises.
Ten minutes of walking, exercise bike or even walking on the spot is adequate. The importance of this general warm up is to increase the circulation to the muscles so as to facilitate their ability to perform in both stretching and strengthening movements. This will reduce the likelihood of injury while performing these exercises.
Activate the deep abdominal muscles in conjunction with all the below exercises. To activate your deep abdominal muscles draw up your pelvic floor, pull your belly button in towards your spine and imagine your rib cage flattening down towards your hips. Hold this contraction during the following exercises to give the deep abdominal muscles a work out in conjunction with your torso. Your abdominal contractions should be sustainable for a length of time, therefore, a gentle contraction is what is required not a maximum effort one.
b. The Plank:
c. Wall Squat:
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