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
  • 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...

  • Pilates Roll-Up Series for Dancers [Intermediate]

    The roll-up is a classic Pilates maneuver, great for core strengthening & stabilization. This quick workout takes the roll-up and twists, teases & manipulates it - making it highly effective as an exercise for Irish dancers, reinforcing good posture and upper body control.

    Level: Intermedia...

  • On-The-Go Abs 2 Backstage feat. Siobhan Manson - a Fuse Pilates workout [All Levels]

    Our second "On-The-Go Abs" feature takes traditional Pilates corework to the next level. With guest student & longtime Riverdance Lead Dancer Siobhan Manson, we filmed this workout while in the middle of a show with The Young Irelanders, thus demonstrating how easy it is to get in a bit of ab ac...

  • Lower Abs Focus [Advanced]

    Your lower abdominals are critical for helping you power & push through the challenging moments on stage. In this workout, we'll go through a classical sequence of challenging low-ab exercises, and hopefully have some fun when we're not shaking too much!

    Level: Advanced
    What You Need: Mat
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  • Upper + Lower Abs [Intermediate]

    In this classic "ab attack"-style workout, we'll take the definition of a crunch to the next level. Using Pilates principles and some elements of the Fuse Pilates method, we'll not only tone but also focus on creating length and maintaining control of our core. This workout is great as a quick ...

  • Complete Core [All Levels]

    Complete Core is a full-on Pilates experience that is an exciting new way for Irish dancers to cross-train! In this compact yet high energy workout, with some innovative Pilates exercises from the Fuse Pilates method, we'll engage nearly every muscle in our body to assist in our core strengtheni...

  • Pilates for Irish Dancers Fundamentals [Basics]

    Celticore founder Joe Duffey introduces some of the basic principles of Pilates which are applied in all Celticore workouts. Great for beginners and anyone who wants to brush up on their Pilates form, this workout also demonstrates how the fundamentals of Pilates are incredibly beneficial for Ir...

  • On-The-Go Abs feat. Siobhan Manson - a Fuse Pilates workout [All Levels]

    "On-The-Go Abs - a Fuse Pilates workout" challenges your abs like never before! In just five minutes, you'll crunch, twist, pulse & tone. Drawing from the Fuse Pilates method (www.fusepilates.com) and classical Pilates, we'll mix in elements of other fitness disciplines and push you to maintain...

  • Abs + Arms [All Levels]

    There are two parts to this video workout: the first part focuses on posture, engaging your arms, upper back and challenging your abdominal stability. The second part, as requested by a Celticore monthly subscriber, is a super-challenging ab set designed to ignite your core and help stay one ste...

  • The Teaser [Basics]

    Learn how to properly achieve the quintessential Pilates core-strengthening move: Teaser! This instructional seminar, also great as a quick core workout, we'll guide you through several of the fundamental aspects of keeping proper form, and of course we want to focus on the essential Pilates asp...

  • Core Activation, Part 2 [All Levels]

    This workout is the 2nd part of our "Core Activation" series -
    a program of workouts designed to help educate Irish dancers in what exactly it means to engage your core while dancing. In this workout, we'll move through an intelligent abdominal strengthening series as well as other functional ...

  • Classic Core + The Hundred [All Levels]

    Join us for a challenging but highly energizing "Classic Core" workout. We'll work through several variations of "The Hundred" as well as move intelligently through roll-ups, leg circles and other core activation techniques in order to help you gain the control, power and grace you need on stage...

  • Perfect Your Posture - Core Focus [Intermediate]

    In this "Perfect Your Post" series workout, we'll move through a series of core-focused movements to activate our deep abdominals which help us with upper body control and stability while dancing. Movements in this workout will challenge your coordination as well as your core endurance! Remembe...

  • Modern Floor Warm-Up by Moira Ragen [All Levels]

    This energizing, Modern dance-based floor workout will help you lengthen and stretch your body, activate your core and prepare to conquer the stage with grace and ease! Featured Celticore Instructor Moira Ragen leads us through a series of beneficial dance exercises suitable as either a warm-up,...

  • *NEW* Perfect Your Posture - Obliques [All Levels]

    Join us for an All-Levels workout to help improve your posture on stage, with a particular focus on obliques. We'll focus on our upper body form and control with a series of twists, roll-downs and additional core-strengthening moves. Remember: oftentimes the slower you move through Pilates exer...

  • Perfect Your Posture - Neck Length [Intermediate]

    In this "Perfect Your Posture" workout, we'll focus on back alignment and neck lengthening in order to keep your chin lifted while dancing (since we had a request in the Studio Lounge Forum from a student). We'll also work on a move called "neck pull" - a challenging ab-focused exercise which he...

  • Express Legs + Quads [All Levels]

    Give your dancing an added "kick" with this quick 5-minute leg workout. We'll focus on alignment + quad strengthening. Remember, in Pilates, we want to work slowly to help control each movement, similar to how you need to move as a dancer!

    Level: All Levels
    What You Need: No equipment nee...

  • Complete Core - Glutes Focus [All Levels]

    Here's another "Complete Core" workout for Irish dancers - a great way to supplement your Irish dance technique training. This workout aims to engage your entire abdominal powerhouse as well as adding in some glute/leg control + toning. Remember to take the workout at your own pace, listen to y...

  • Legs + Core Activation, Part 3 [All Levels]

    In this workout, we present a series of side-lying Pilates exercises designed to supplement the concept of "core activation". We'll focus on length and alignment, in addition to oblique work and balance (by using some plank variations). Enjoy your workout!

    REMINDER: Oireachtas season is l...

  • Turnout + Crossing with World Champion Saoirse Deboy [All Levels] - A Fuse Pilates Workout

    Join Celticore Ambassador & World Champion Saoirse Deboy for an Irish dance specific ab workout with an emphasis on crossing and turnout. We'll focus on proper form, alignment and foot positioning in order to fully engage our cores for Irish dance!

    Level: All Levels
    What You Need:
    Exerc...

  • Core Activation, Part 1 [Basics]

    Celticore is pleased to present "Core Activation" - a new series of workouts designed to help educate Irish dancers in what exactly it means to engage your core while dancing. We'll move through jumps, kicks, planks and other functional training elements to help connect the work we do in Pilates...

  • Complete Core [All Levels]

    We're delighted to present another "Complete Core" workout, designed to help Irish dancers fully engage their abdominal powerhouse, while emphasizing upper body and lower body control. We will focus particularly on our upper abdominal area, using a variation on "the hundred". Enjoy your workout...

  • Core Control + Obliques [All Levels]

    In this express obliques-focused workout, we'll emphasize core control, hip stabilization and upper body strength. Using the "roll-up" - a great classical Pilates exercise that we find to be particularly beneficial for Irish dancers - as well as "roll-up" variations from the Fuse repertoire, we'...

  • Obliques + Balance [All Levels]

    This fun workout incorporates Irish dance-specific shoulder bridging, balance work, several oblique challenges and roll-ups. We feature Christina White, a CRC counselor who will model each exercise for students, allowing Joe to present cues + adjustments to help you focus on your own form.

    Le...