FITNESS FOCUS: Pilates Bridge In this exercise, the entire body, starting from the CORE, must work together to support the body, maintain it’s alignment, and move through the exercise with stability and control. The breath, shoulders, glutes, inner thighs, quadriceps, feet, and core muscles all work in unison to create this exercise which, in turn, strengthens each area.
Steps to create the Pilates Bridge:
Lie on your back in neutral spine, with your knees bent and feet on the floor, hip width apart. Your arms are extended along your sides, reaching through your fingertips. Shoulders are back and down. Lengthen through the crown of the head.
Inhale, and on the exhale, press down through your feet to lengthen your spine and press you hips up. Your glutes will engage. Squeeze your inner thighs together to keep your knees in alignment. You will come to a bridge position on your shoulders with your knees, hips and shoulders in one line. Your abs and hamstrings should be well engaged. Inhale and hold the bridge. Exhale and slowly lower back down with control. Return the back to neutral spine.
FAITH FOCUS: Today’s focus verse reminds us that our CORE in CHRIST initiates our movements allowing us to grow and build up the body- which is the church- working together in unison, each one of us doing our part.
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.