ActivCore® Fast Track Basic and Intermediate Courses at Pilates on Fifth

Kimberly and Katherine Corp taught 4 intensive days of ActivCore® training to Pilates professionals, PT’s and GYROTONIC® instructors from Pilates on Fifth in NYC, from Brooklyn, and from Toronto, Canada. This fast track course was structured with the ActviCore FEX® Basic course on days 1 & 2, followed by the ActivCore FEX® intermediate course 5 days later. Thus, students could complete the required Basic course plus the 25 practice hours before moving on to Intermediate.

Toni Mercogliano doing "Pec Flies" on ActivCore®

The course covers the gamut of exercises in ActivCore’s Function EXercise curriculum.  The Basic course covers highly effective exercises for the lower body, including outer thighs, inner thighs, glutes & hamstrings, as well as upper body exercises for the chest, back and arms.  Despite the varying strength levels in the class, everyone easily found a version that he/she could do effectively.  And all participants saw immediate improvement.  For example, Rena Lichtblau, owner of Pilates by Rena noticed that after the first day, the pain in her hip was diminished while the range of motion increased, and EVERYONE was sore from the upper body exercises, especially the pull ups!

The next four days were spent practicing the exercises, both doing them and teaching them.  …And there was no shortage of volunteers at Pilates on Fifth of Pilates instructors and clients to work with the ActivCore FEX® system and experience the results.  We even held an in-house ActivCore® workshop during this 4 day break for all Pilates on Fifth’s ActivCore® graduates, with much success.  Kurt Gorrell, a Pilates instructor at Pilates on Fifth as well as a gymnastics instructor at Chelsea Piers and Suzanne Gerdes, another Pilates instructor at the studio and a graduate student of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Columbia University, were in attendance, creating workout plans to use with their clients.

The second weekend, the Intermediate FEX course, commenced with learning the EXTREME exercises.  Sound daunting?  Well it is!!!  These exercises take the ActivCore® exercises from the Basic Course, and take them to the next level.  This provided the immediate opportunity to introduce the most unique feature of the Redcord Equipment, the bungees!  Participants were able to experience the magic of weightlessness, even with the most difficult of exercises.  It’s really not magic, but the feeling is so incredible that it almost feels as such!  For example, take the exercise below, the Side Plank.  This exercise is VERY challenging, requiring a great deal of strength in both the abductor of the bottom leg, the obliques, and the shoulder girdle stabilizers.  For many people, this would call for too much strength, which is why the ActivCore FEX® Intermediate series teaches how to place a sling around the pelvis to take the offweight the body.  Voila!  A previously insurmountable exercise is do-able!!  Toni Mercogliani, owner of Toni PT and Pilates, loved the offweighting techniques because of the easy crossover and application with her Physical Therapy clients.  She also loved the upper body exercises, as shown!

Kurt Gorrell from Pilates on Fifth doing "Side Plank"

The final day of the fast track course ended with a written exam as well as a practical review of all the material covered in both courses.  Here are some pictures of the exercises covered!

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We have a new love in our lives: ActivCore. It’s AMAZING!!!!

Many of us here at Pilates on Fifth just went through the training, and the system is truly revolutionary — you can’t escape your core! Gone are the days of “I don’t feel this at all”, or “Where am I supposed to feel this again?” The nanosecond we performed even one exercise in the ActivCore repertoire, we knew—beyond a shadow of a doubt—what muscle was being targeted. And this is the same with everyone…. No one has to tell you!

activcorefex-029It may sound a little hokey, but watching people experience ActivCore for the first time is a little like observing evangelical ministry. Across the board, there is an “I BELIEVE” moment at which people either discover a muscle that has been dormant all too long or feel a muscle being worked more intensely than they ever have. Read more testimonials here!

We Pilates folk naturally love ActivCore because of its incredible focus on, you guessed it, the core! We also love that it emphasizes the deep stabilizers of each joint to reinforce proper biomechanics. This attention to alignment and proper firing patterns makes us very happy, but others have a different reason for loving ActivCore. The rest of the bunch love it because the work is so incredibly intense. SUPER intense. Because the target muscles as well as the deep stabilizers of both the joint and the core work synergistically in any given exercise, the muscle work feels compounded — exponentially! Click here for some videos!

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In the essence of safety, your instructor will start you off with a very do-able version of an exercise. However, think before you say, “That’s too easy, can you make it harder?”, because the answer is “YES, WE CAN! AND WE WILL!” And you will feel it! It’s an intensity that we rarely get to experience – so targeted, so “core-centric” (our new word for the blog), and so different from anything you’ve ever done before!

activcorefex-053In fact, with ActivCore, the possibilities abound. Even with one simple exercise, there are dozens and dozens of ways to make it easier, harder, more intense, less intense, etc. Because of this, users build strength very quickly! Charting progress is fun and easy, because it’s both swift and remarkable.

We now have three ActivCore stations  at our studio, so if you’re in or around New York, come on in! Just mention that you would like to include ActivCore in your session. You can even mix and match and do a little Pilates spiced with a little ActivCore. We will customize it for you.

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If you are not in NYC, just visit www.ActivCore.com. There they list the other studios that feature this amazing new system, and they also have all sorts of groovy information and videos about the entire program. If you would like your studio or the studio you attend to look into acquiring ActivCore, we’d love to hear from you and will be happy to answer questions! Just reach us at activcore@pilatesonfifth.com or call 212-687-3787.

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January 16, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . ACTIVCORE®, Pilates on Fifth Postings, Pilates Posts, The Pilates Center of New York Postings, UltimatePilatesWorkouts.com Postings. Leave a comment.