Sprint: Down to the core

Six-packs – yes they look amazing and you feel like a champion if you have them – but it doesn’t necessarily mean you have a strong core.




Six-packs – yes they look amazing and you feel like a champion if you have them – but it doesn’t necessarily mean your core is strong. Sorry boys and girls but they are vastly different in terms of muscles and benefits.


Six-packs are a superficial muscle layer. The six-pack muscle or ‘rectus abdominis’ is a muscle layer covering your ‘transverse abdominis’ which is known as your ‘core’ along with a few other muscles.


Diagram sourced from Angel Wellbeing Clinic UK

Diagram sourced from Angel Wellbeing Clinic UK


Having a strong core has helped me maintain a stable torso when sprinting, performing Olympic lifts and holding correct posture.


Having completed my Diploma in Professional Pilates in 2011, I now have a thorough understanding of my body and the way it works. This has decreased my risk of injury and made it much easier to correct problems and injuries when they occur.


A few benefits I have personally noticed from undertaking a Pilates program are:

– Coordination
– Strength
– Mobility
– Efficient movement
– Self awareness
– Integration of mind & body


Being an athlete and fitness lover I have found it very important to have a proper understanding of how your body works, as it will assist in every aspect of your physical body awareness.


Joseph Pilates was the creator of ‘Contrology’ now termed as ‘Pilates’. He said, “One of the major results of Contrology is gaining the mastery of the mind over the complete control of your body”.


Those new to Pilates or unsure of how to activate your core and facilitate the movement and breath together, then one-on-one assistance is my recommendation. This is so valuable to prevent you from acquiring bad habits or injuring yourself.


Teaching Pilates to my cross fit class

Teaching Pilates to my cross fit class

I teach advanced Pilates classes in small group form and one on one. Before starting I try to have some one-on-one time with each client to better their understanding of how to activate certain muscles while protecting their backs.


I cannot stress enough how important the smaller stability muscles are to support the larger muscles.


It may look easy but it’s a challenge if done correctly. You will notice a difference in your body straight away whether it’s postural, alignment or strength.


Written by Cloë Neophytou @cloeneophytou


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'So you want to train with me?' Asked the 6 foot Nigerian Olympian. 'Yes please' 'Ok see you tomorrow' That is how it began. That simple. After a lifetime of enthusiasm for fitness, a successful high school athletics career and then owning my own business in personal training & pilates, i had a chance meeting that has shaped my immediate future. Uduma and I have trained together for 3 years now after a break which destiny brought us back together under strange circumstances. I have never felt so driven, and I have never been so strong mentally and physically to keep moving towards my dream.

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