Jill Miller - Coregeous: A Strong Core a Beautiful You
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(May 29, 2012)
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''Coregeous'' with Jill Miller (Yoga Tune Up) is a specialized layer-by-layer strength building program that helps you to overcome core and abdominal weakness caused by underuse, over-training, injury, or scar tissue. It restores facility and function to your entire torso by improving biomechanics, mobility, and stability to the multiple tissues surrounding, supporting and enveloping your spine and core.
4 Main Sequences Include:
- Core Re-Form provides a deep tissue massage to release knots and trigger points while activating connections to key respiratory muscles that support your spine and core.
- Get COREganized establishes proper spinal alignment and breathing patterns by using all of your ''Coreso'' muscles to improve access to the innermost abs including transverse abdominals, diaphragm, iliopsoas, obliques, and more!
- InCOREporate builds a strong lower back and revitalizes the muscles of the ribcage to stitch the seams of your torso together from top to bottom. Awaken your quadratus lumborum, lattisimus dorsi, serratus anterior and more!
- Get COREgeous challenges your balance and engages all of your core muscles to master stability, agility and fluidity while challenging your balance in different gravitational planes. The entire body works together as one seamless unit.
Plus 3 Specialty Sequences! Tubular Core Activation establishes proper breath mechanics, while Abdominal Massage improves overall circulation and locates abdominal knots and adhesions that prevent functional core reactivity, and Abdominal Churning shows you the spellbinding possibilities of ''coreso'' mastery. Props used: Stability Ball, YTU Therapy Balls, Soft Sponge Ball, Yoga Block (props can be substituted with tennis balls, blanket, and large book). Jill Miller's Yoga Tune Up is a fitness format that creates strength, flexibility and balance by challenging the body from every conceivable angle. Using a distinctive array of exercises, poses and specialized techniques, YTU transforms the functionality of your movement to help you live better in your body.
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The main workout is in 4 progressive sections (more or less 20 minutes each) that are easily adaptible to stand-alone, shorter, routines:
Section 1: Small-ball massage (introduction to the anatomical context), starting with the upper traps and working down to the lumbar spine and the quadratus lumborem, where the key core connections are located. (Jill's tune up balls, or the pinky balls, or even tennis balls will serve, although the rubbery alternatives form a better grip with the skin.)
Section 2: (the organization/"tubularization" sequence) involves integration of the psoas with the other core muscles (stabilization), including the obliques. There's even some effective shoulder opening/engagement (the body doesn't move in isolated segments). The magician's assistant series is a lot of fun, and tough -- love the use of the block to support the pelvis, bringing balance into the stabilization process.
Section 3: Lower back "incorporation" with a squishy ball, including locust, ending in a moment-of-truth megaplank. (Lower back is so often neglected in core programs -- not here.)
Section 4: The stability ball segment is the first big ball material I've liked in years and years. So smart and purposeful. The prep work for the ball is some very interesting tango planks (ochos). Love these and I've never seen them before.
The three "extras" are surprisingly helpful (5 - 10 min, each): tubular core activation, abdominal massage (relating diaphragm to transverse abdominis), abdominal churning (if you're close to nauli, this segment will definitely move you forward). (I'm used to bonus material that's re-used footage, useless or ad copy.)
The negatives (and there aren't many): I don't like some of the patter: "coreso" for example. And I have a hard time bringing myself to type the title. I'm way too edgy an old broad to have much tolerance for cutsey. But, that's a really small issue, all things considered and I am cranky by nature.
For me, this one's a complete winner.
The 2 disciplines of "yoga" and "fitness" can sometimes be at odds with one another when it comes to their theoretical underpinnings - like oil and water, fitness tells us "no pain, no gain", and yoga says, "be the love." But, Miller's unique method of physical conditioning - called "Yoga Tune-Up" - combines numerous aspects from multiple systems in a highly accessible and engaging manner. Her programs always include elements of innovative strength training and neuromuscular conditioning; authentic yoga practices, principles and techniques; self-massage therapy for deep-tissue release; a playful and curious attitude; and a genuine sense of humor. All of this (and more!) blend together into a very fun - and very challenging! - exercise potpourri, which distinctly elevates all of her programs above the typical standard for home workout routines. And never has this been more true than with "Coregeous."
What's most impressive about this particular video is that Miller has managed to merge these two worlds without dumbing down, sacrificing, or diluting the bold intention of either. On the fitness side of things, there's certainly plenty of intensity - for those seeking a good butt-kicking workout, you'll find it, particularly in the "Get COREgeous" segment. Here, you can expect to creatively utilize a stability ball to max out both your "shoulder core" (accessing the often over-looked, but essential, serratus anterior) and your abdominal core, all while training these muscle groups to collectively participate in integrative functionality.
On the yoga end of things, this program provides all of the nuanced intelligence, awareness, skillfulness, and integrity you'd expect from a master teacher. Yoga teachers and seasoned students whose practices have transcended the strictly physical realm of "sweat, burn, stretch, repeat," will rejoice to find a core routine that *finally* includes anatomical intelligence, intuitive sequencing, and a respectful regard for the subtleties and intricacies innate to this region of the body.
A few highlights from the DVD include:
* breath awareness and a mindful consideration of the muscles involved in respiration;
* skillful, clear, precise, and understandable instruction; Miller has a serious aptitude for colorful and clever language when describing anatomy and movement;
* brilliant use of props, which truly makes new core experiences available in original and captivating ways;
* all-levels of home exerciser are carefully accounted for - from tighter beginners, to more limber adepts, Miller provides information, adaptations, and accessible options to suit multiple levels of ability/facility.
A piece of advice to those who purchase the video: Begin at the end. Go straight to the bottom of the menu and select, "Message from Jill" within the "Specialty Sequences".
Why begin at the end? Because her lovely words - so full of wisdom and compassion - capture the caliber of "core" work Miller is advocating. She tells us: "Being 'coregeous' is not about an external aesthetic. If you really work deeply, consciously, and precisely inside the layers of your abdomen, you will re-shape it into your most efficient native physique. If you are willing to connect, and make peace with your gutts, you'll truly re-define yourself from the inside out."
As a yogi first, a yoga teacher second, and a sweat-enthusiast third, this sort of approach is the ONLY one that resonates with me anymore. Truly meaningful transformation has nothing to do with calories burned, inches lost, numbers on the scale, or the size of your jeans. Miller knows this, and she teaches core work from this perspective. What a joy - what a relief! - to hear this attitude included on a fitness video!
If you're a looking for a comprehensive core program with real yogic integrity THIS IS IT.