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Fit Tip: Shhh . . . Work Out Quietly

One thing I have learned from Pilates and yoga is that moving slowly with precision and finesse is a lot more work than heedlessly throwing your body around. One way to work on your control (one of the fundamentals of Pilates) is to listen to yourself. If you are running on a treadmill and stomping all kinds of crazy, you are not working your control or your core. Pull up your abs, engage the pelvic floor, and try to run as quietly as possible; this will also take some of the stress out of your leg joints, too, making it a win/win situation.

Say you’re doing some plyometric jump training, make those landings as soft as possible. When you can no longer land without making a big noise, you should stop what you are doing and move onto another exercise. Form over quantity is always the rule with plyometric training. Listening to your landings can help you gauge your technique.

When practicing lunges, make your step forward or back as controlled as possible. Don’t fling your feet out away from you. Working with quiet control means you’re engaging your core muscles to help spread the work and impact around.


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ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
correction *strong SPINE*
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
correction *strong SPINE*
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
Yah, guys at the gym look at me funny cuz I use low weights and do everything very slow and controlled. They think I'm a sissy, but it will be better in the long run when I have a strong spin and they are all bent out of shape from all that improper exercise! MUaahhahahha. =O)~
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Slow and steady always wins the race :)
TheMissus TheMissus 9 years
My trainer has me do plyometric jumps. The trick, to have a quieter landing, is to land on your toes and roll back to your ankles. In reverse, this also gives you momentum to jump hire... So rolling from ankles to toes and then up in the air.
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