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“Should I do planks to strengthen my core if I have a diastasis?”-a question I was asked during our “Restore Your Core” workshop this weekend. It depends. How well do you perform the plank? Is there abdominal doming and bulging? Are you able to maintain good alignment? The picture shown demonstrates 3 common errors when performing the plank : 1) Inability to maintain 3 points of contact with dowel 2) Anterior pelvic tilt and/or lumbar spine extension 3) Poor neck/thoracic...
Posted on 2017-11-15
We love to cycle here at Ironhorse PT and Pilates, and so do our kids! (That's my 4 year old in her very 1st triathlon, how cool is that? I got to run to the finish line with her!). Her actual bike split was only 5 min 7sec. However, as adults, we generally spend many more hours in the saddle than that. Training rides for Ironman 70.3 or 140.6 are usually between 2-6+ hours, ditto for century rides and can be more for events like Death Ride which require a lot of climbing, multiple day cycling...
Posted on 2017-09-16
111 Deerwood Rd., ste 240, San Ramon CA 94583, September 11th, 2017 at 05:30
Do you feel like you haven't recovered your core strength since giving birth (even if it was years ago)? Do you get achy in your neck, shoulders or Lower back especially when caring for your kid(s)? Are you frustrated by the appearance and function of your post-partum belly but don't know how to train effectively? Have you been diagnosed with diastasis recti aka "mummy tummy"?Join Licensed Physical Therapist, Pilates & Kettlebell Instructor, Victoria Liu, in her " Restore Your Core after Pre...
Posted on 2017-08-14
What a fun run @brazenracing summer breeze half marathon! Got a PR of 1:54 for trail half marathon (it was fast and flat). I only ran 2x/wk and total mileage was less than 19 mi./wk. Most importantly, I finished feeling strong and was able to take my daughter to 2 birthday parties after! You don't need to run endless miles to have a good race! Are you hobbling/limping after a training run or a race? I treat injured runners all the time and there are 3 main reasons that I see are a problem: 1) ...
Posted on 2017-08-10
1) Mistake 2: You only work your "anterior" core or the muscles in the front of your body by doing endless crunches and situps (and front planks). Ab mat sit-ups (which I HATE), Toes to bar/knees to elbows from crossfit, Pilates hundreds, teaser, etc. are all included. There's nothing wrong with doing those exercises (except the ab mat sit ups) but it should be a small part of a well-rounded "core" training routine. Your "core" is actually 360 degrees all around your torso and includes your ...
Posted on 2017-02-11
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