Pilates Community Forum > Confused about weak/unstable muscles

Hi there, I am recently qualified and have begun using the foam roller in classes. Clients tend to have one side thats more unstable than the other ( in most situations). For example - if they are lying on the roller and fold one knee in towards them with excessive wobble, does this mean the leg/glute they have lifted is weak or would it all be to do with the supporting leg? glutes? abdominals? I am confused! Should they be strengthening the leg they lifted or the supposrting leg more or is it far more to do with the obliques and TA? help!

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Do you mean an excercise as toe taps lying on the roll? If so I would say it is a combination of both. Maybe a little more the core than the glutes/"standing leg".
And also you would pay attention to the starting position.
If the starting position is optimal the core is what holds the balance.

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Late reply, but just thought I'd add to this...
I agree with the previous poster; often I find that the case here is more of an issue with an imbalance of strength through the obliques and the stabilizers if the spine, and only sometimes an issue with tightness/weakness through the hip flexors, and very rarely to do with the glutes. It is very common for one side to have more stability (usually the dominant side), but if its quite pronounced, then sometimes I'll have the client perform a few extra reps on the weaker side. In the case of the exercise you're describing, I usually ask the client to envision the diagonal on the front of their torso created by their external oblique on their left side of their ribcage crossing down to their internal obliques at their right hip bone when lifting their right leg, and drawing those two points closer together as the leg lifts. (Vice versa with the opposite leg). I find once they can envision and understand what muscles they need to engage (along with their TVA) in order to stabilize, it helps greatly. Good luck!

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAvery