Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Get to the Core Fitness Class Like?
When someone asks me this question, it is often difficult to answer.
I have been teaching aerobics since age 14, and have instructed almost every type of class that exists. The problem was, I got bored quickly because of all the guidelines I had to follow: play a certain kind of music, use a certain piece of equipment, do specific movements, etc. And for me, when I stopped having fun, I would move on.
After instructing at many fitness facilities and studying both Exercise Science and Physical Therapy, I finally developed a style of exercise I truly enjoy. Why? Number one, each class focuses on core training- strengthening all of the foundational muscles in the body. This allows for a better physique, improved posture, and improved performance of the body in everyday activities and sports.
Next, I selected music that makes you want to MOVE. You’ll never know what to expect- we may start with a disco song, move to a country song, do a latin number, and then finish with some jazz. There is a saying that all aerobic instructors are aware of: "As long as the music is good, the class will be good.”
The movement in the class is very diverse. You might be doing a "Round House Kick" one second, and then switch to a graceful ballet move the next. Change is so frequent during the class that most of the time I look down at my watch in disbelief after 1 hour! "Shocking your body" with different movements is the best way to get in shape. When you consistently do the same kind of movements, your body adapts, and then quickly plateaus- so does your fitness level. Get to the Core classes prevent this from happening.
If I were to summarize the class, I would describe it as "Unique." There is enough continuity in the class that you are able to master techniques, yet enough diversity to keep you stimulated. Each class has a specific "focus"; not only are you having fun, but you are learning something to take with you when you leave the class. All fitness levels attend the classes. Movements are demonstrated for different levels. And, I have the reward of seeing most of the students advance quickly.
Lastly, as I continue to learn, the class continues to move in new and different directions…
Dyan Quesada MPT, ATC
What is the Theory and Definitions of Core?
• Core Belt of Muscles - consists of all muscles in the spine, abdominals,
• hip, and gluteal region
• The Center of Your Body
• Your Foundation- Where all Movements Begin
Why Train Core Muscles?
Core muscles stabilize the spine during all movements. This stabilization, or centralized power, allows a person to execute the most efficient movement with minimal effort. Athletic performance and even daily activities are greatly improved and become easier.
These muscles are similar to the foundation of a house. If the foundation is not developed properly, then it will not support the walls or roof. Similar to a foundation, if the core belt of muscles are weak, they will not support the rest of the body. This leads to poor muscular efficiency, decreased ability of the body to perform high-demand or even daily activities, tissue overload, and eventually, injury.
All of the benefits ultimately lead to a better quality of life… the ability to enjoy and keep on doing what we truly love to do without limitations.