Core Training

Core Training

While core training is an essential aspect of every Celticore workout, all workouts in this category are especially dedicated to core strength! The benefits of core training for Irish dancers are numerous and the word "core" is often what first comes to mind when people think of Pilates. Properly working your "core" (also known as the abdominal "powerhouse") involves much more than just crunches and planks. It requires good technique, precision and patience - which is exactly what Celticore is all about!

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Core Training
  • *NEW* Core Control + Leg Activation [All Levels]

    Find your deep core strength and activate your legs in this toning-focused workout! Leg and abdominal connection is an important concept for Irish dancers. We'll challenge you to move through the workout slowly, paying close attention to form and precision.

    Level: All Levels
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  • *NEW* Classical 5 - Core Strength [All Levels]

    Power up your core with these 5 classical mat moves, which we put together in a sequence that is great as a standalone workout, or as an add-on to other core training! The original Pilates method mat series includes 34 moves designed to lengthen and strengthen your core, with the moves featured ...

  • Perfect Your Posture - Roll-Ups [All Levels]

    In "Perfect Your Posture - Roll-Ups" you'll learn how to control your upper body through a specially-selected sequence of roll-up exercises! We'll aim to slow down some of the traditional movements in the classical Pilates repertoire, while reinforcing good form, length in your spine, and overal...

  • Balance + Power Standing Workout [All Levels]

    Join us for a dynamic standing workout, with a focus on increasing leg power and challenging your balance! We'll work through an invigorating series of Pilates-inspired exercises from standing, while incorporating important elements for Irish dancers such as posture, length and core control. Be...

  • Rolling - Miniseries [All Levels]

    "Rolling like a ball" is a classical Pilates exercise which is both effective and FUN! We love how this exercise helps to fully engage your core as well as help control momentum throughout the various exercise elements. Be sure to focus on your form as we demonstrate in this new miniseries work...

  • Calm Your Core! [All Levels]

    The day of any major event, and particularly Irish dance competitions, in your life will undoubtedly be filled with emotions, excitement, and nerves. We've designed this "Calm Your Core" workout to help with those pre-competition nerves, allowing you to center yourself and find the mental space ...

  • Plank Principles [All Levels]

    Take your isometric core training to the next level with "Plank Principles" - a great way to strengthen your powerhouse and learn some new variations on the classic exercise! The plank is highly beneficial for Irish dancers' upper body control and core activation. As such, we'll work through a ...

  • *NEW* Get Tall! Posture + Arms [Intermediate]

    We designed this workout to help you "Get Tall!" - by focusing on posture + arm work. The idea of maintaining a lifted posture while dancing can be challenging, so we've put together a medley workout of exercises designed to enhance core strength, abdominal control and upper body positioning. W...

  • Core Concepts: Posture + Turnout [All Levels]

    In this NEW "Core Concepts" workout, we'll engage our entire abdominal powerhouse to improve both posture and turnout for Irish dance. We'll introduce some new exercises to the online studio as well as some of the classical Pilates moves which are known for being so effective for Irish dancers! ...

  • Deep Core + Roll-Ups [Intermediate]

    In this challenging + energizing workout, we'll emphasize deep abdominal core work using one of our favorite exercises, the roll-up! By taking each movement slowly, you'll be able to activate the muscles necessary for keeping your upper body and lower body coordinated while dancing. In this wor...

  • Shoulder Bridge - Miniseries [All Levels]

    The shoulder bridge is an effective exercise for dancers of all ages and skill levels to work on leg power, stabilization, alignment and glute activation. In this "Miniseries" workout, we'll focus on good form and introduce some ways you can modify your shoulder bridge to challenge your balance ...

  • Steady Shoulders [All Levels]

    In this workout, we'll train our shoulders by using a combination of arm strengthening and side-lying exercises. Shoulder control is an important part of good posture and presentation on stage, and something which many Irish dancers find challenging. No matter what your goals may be, we know th...

  • Leg Circles - Miniseries [All Levels]

    Welcome to Miniseries by Celticore! In this first release, we'll work on Leg Circles - a classical Pilates move - by training using the foundational concepts of Pilates. Leg Circles are a great way to work hip stability, lower abdominal activation and proprioception (body awareness). Enjoy you...

  • Standing Balance + Core Control [All Levels]

    Do you have trouble keeping balance? For many dancers, the struggle to keep balance is real! We aim to help you improve your balance + core control in this workout, using a series of functional standing exercises, glute/leg work and core activation tools on the mat. Enjoy your workout!

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  • Turn It Out! Core Activation + Hips [Basics]

    Learn the fundamentals of how to maintain your turnout while dancing with this fun workout using strategic exercises from the Pilates method, with a focus on hip mobility! The goal of this workout will be to connect core engagement with proper turnout in multiple ways including low ab utilizatio...

  • Strong Core + Leg Activation [All Levels]

    In this All-Levels workout, we introduce a flowing series of core AND leg-focused moves in order to best train effectively for Irish dance. Throughout each movement, we'll also emphasize turnout and crossing. We hope you enjoy this unique blend of classical Pilates and contemporary Fuse Pilates...

  • Power Up Your Obliques + Arms [Advanced]

    In this advanced workout, we'll use a series of obliques-focused Pilates and Fuse method moves in order to strengthen and activate core! We'll target our obliques using twisting, rotating movements which are an excellent way to increase control and overall power while dancing. Because it's impo...

  • *NEW* Double Leg Stretch - Miniseries [All Levels]

    Get ready to engage your core with the "double leg stretch" - one of the original Pilates moves and an exercise which helps Irish dancers increase core strength as well as focus on leg extension and leg power! In this quick "Miniseries" workout - we'll focus on proper form to get the most out of...

  • Turn It Out! - Hip Adduction Focus [All Levels]

    "Turn It Out!" - our new turnout-focused series of workouts - use a strategic combination of Pilates leg and core work to help in your dancing. Our goal is to give you the tools to learn how to properly activate the muscles which help achieve turnout while on stage. This workout specifically fo...

  • Elevation - Stay On Your Toes! [All Levels]

    We received several requests for a workout that focuses on staying off your heels, so here it is! Many dancers struggle with elevation and keeping high on their toes, so we seek to show that using some of the pillars of Pilates can help out quite a bit! In this workout, we'll use a series of cla...

  • Upper Body Control + Arms [All Levels]

    Join us for a posture-focused workout designed for all levels, with an emphasis on upper body stillness + control. We'll also work through some oblique exercises and arm toning. It's an essential workout for Irish dancers and, at just 8 minutes long, it's the perfect length to complete when you...

  • Technique Focus: Point Your Toes! [All Levels]

    "Point your toes!" Chances are, at some point in your Irish dance career, your teacher has said that to you! In this workout, we'll move through a series of Pilates exercises adapted for Irish dance technique, with the goal of helping to achieve nicely pointed toes and arched feet. We'll also ...

  • Leg Power + Strength [All Levels]

    This workout is designed to activate the power in your legs to create the dynamic movement and action required for success on stage. We'll use some of the fundamentals of Pilates technique to focus on leg + glutes control, power and stability, as well as incorporating some Yoga-inspired stretche...

  • Complete Core [Advanced]

    In this workout, we're putting our entire abdominal powerhouse to the test! Get ready for an intense [but still fun!] series of strategic Pilates-inspired corework. We'll challenge our abdominal stability & endurance, which in turn will help your posture & overall polish onstage.

    Level: A...