Your Body’s Powerhouse – What is it?

Your Body’s Powerhouse – What is it?

By Monique Crous, Head Hot HIIT Instructor at BYNYC

In a Hot HIIT class we spend a lot of time strengthening not only the abdominal muscles, but the lower back muscles, the glutes, the muscles around your hips, and the pelvic floor. These muscles work together to create a supportive corset for the trunk of your body. As a group, we refer to these muscles as your “Powerhouse”.

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The term “Powerhouse” was created by Joseph Pilates to describe the place in the body from where all movement and energy stems. All movement should begin from the center and move outward to the limbs. It is the Powerhouse that gives us energy, strength, stability and control.

When we strengthen the muscles of the Powerhouse, our posture becomes supported and our shoulders can relax. Our chest opens, allowing it to expand and contract easily with the breath. The neck and head are aligned and can move more freely, and it relieves stress in the hips, legs and feet. So in your next Hot HIIT class, when the instructor tells you to pinch that penny in your bum and tighten up your glutes, pelvic floor, and stomach, tighten them up and find your center!

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Bikram Yoga NYC
Bikram Yoga NYC
Bikram Yoga NYC was the first official Bikram Yoga studio in New York City, established in 1999. Four convenient locations now offer almost 300 classes a week. The studio is independently owned and operated by Donna Rubin and Jennifer Lobo Plamondon.
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