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disagree with Alans' comment; nonspecific butt clenching leads to a weakened pelvic floor. getting real on PF-one should be able to tune in enough to kegel only the sphincters around each orifice, not a full PF clench. regarding pulling the core to the spine-this must be done on EXHALE to avoid stomach sucking and negative pressure (read: vacuum) in the abdominal cavity.


love your comments! YES, today abs of steel, tomorrow, less leaking, flatter belly and perky bum! that IS the pelvic floor

Linda L

I'm a bit sad that this article only talked about abs as being the "core." What about the pelvic floor and muscles along the spine? And the illiopsoas?

Alan Inglis

Easiest core exercise is to 'imagine holding a pencil in your bottom' ....great for pelvic floor. After this other core stability is easy

Kathi K.

Agreed, Mary. Lots of core work can actually weaken the pelvic floor if it's neglected. Think of squeezing a water balloon at its center; pressure increases at the bottom.
Today, abs of steel; tomorrow, incontinence!

David Tiemeyer

Core Purpose is insightful and very well written. I intend to work with these principles in my practice.

mary flemming

This is a really great article...but doesn't the support for this core actually originate in the pelvic floor???

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