When you’re using your muscles, whether it’s for exercise or for every day activity, there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes than you may think. Not only are you targeting major muscles groups like your quadriceps, or your pectorals, but you’re also activating what are known as your stabilizer muscles. These muscles aren’t necessarily used in the action you’re performing, but instead they act as a foundation that keeps you balanced and steady, while the primary muscle does its job effectively. The stronger and more effective your stabilizers are, the more efficient and optimized your exercise will be. For example, when performing a bicep curl, the muscles targeted are the biceps. However, in order to stabilize the rest of the body, the legs, core, back and shoulders are all activated simultaneously.
One of the major stabilizers of the body during most, if not all types of movement is your core. The core is the central point of the body, and plays a massive role in the performance of functional activity, hence the name. Having a strong core is one of the most important aspects of every day life. Targeting your core is going to improve your balance and stability, thereby simultaneously improving the function of other joints and muscles that are working. This can then be translated to activities such as carrying shopping, or walking uphill.
By combining the principles of Pilates with the flow of water, AquaCore can provide an incredibly effective, yet fun alternative to challenge your stabilizer muscles, as well as your core. Constant motion of the water underneath your board will act as an unstable surface, challenging both your primary and stabilizing muscles. In turn, this can help improve your balance, performance of exercise, and activities of daily living. Jonathon Fermanis