Posts by: Pam Peterson

Pam Peterson

Let’s Talk Core Strength & Spine Health!

Pam Peterson is a certified trainer and Pilates intructor.

I’ve been working with people’s bodies since 1998, and to this day some people assume that working your core means doing sit-ups, crunches and the like. But at ZŪM we know better!

Sit-ups mostly target the abs (six pack muscles) and obliques. And while these are core muscles, they are only a small part of the entire core unit. Bear with me while I explain! The sit-up muscles are merely the superficial (close to the surface) stabilizers and mobilizers of the spine that assist with side bending, forward flexing, and rotating your trunk. But there is more to the core than that.

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Pilates at ZUM!

Pilates at ZUM Fitness

In the November 18th issue of The Seattle Times, Nick Vannett, tight end of the Seattle Seahawks, was interviewed about his experience with Pilates. “Third-year tight end Nick Vannett embraced Pilates to help treat a herniated disc in his back. Months later he’s having his best season in Seattle.” Nick goes on to say, “it just gets your hips right. It gets everything in your core right. Even just walking around, I can feel the difference. It really just feels like I’m lighter on my feet, because my core is more activated now and it’s honing everything in and taking more of the load as opposed to my quads and my hammies and all of that.”

What is Pilates?

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