Odds are you’ve heard your Pilates instructor talked about the powerhouse, and sometimes you might think she’s referring to your core, and although in recent years both terms have been linked together, they are not exactly the same. They are some differences between both, so let’s dig deep into what powerhouse truly means in Pilates.
The powerhouse itself refers to an area of your body that goes from the bottom of your ribs all the way to your hip line. It includes the abdominal muscles, low back muscles, pelvic floor, muscles around the hips, and the glutes. All these muscles work together to form a supportive corset for your bottom. They stabilize you and give moves a dynamic strength. Joseph Pilates emphasized this area of the body in his program, which is why so many of our Pilates moves start right in here.
Although the core muscles are also part of the powerhouse, they are deep stabilizers of the pelvic floor, the psoas, the multifidus, and the transversus abdominis, among others. Core muscles are not big movers but they help in achieving the neutral pelvic position used in Pilates.
The sooner you learn how to use it, the better your Pilates workouts will be. It’s here where you will find the energy, stability, strength, and control to move into the intermediate and advanced Pilates exercises.
Developing the powerhouse muscles in a balanced way will help you keep moving forward in your Pilates routines.