Strong and Supported

I am often told by my clients that my teaching style is unique and in the sessions/classes they feel encouraged, strong and capable in doing the exercises. They never feel like they can’t do a particular move or exercise sequence and they always feel better after class.

My goal as an instructor is to “meet” each and every client where they are physically at that given moment.

Every exercise I teach, starts from the “base”, where we start slow and layer on “moves”.

By doing this I am giving each person options in class. I am a firm believer in listening to your body.

Remember, you are strong, your body is amazing and I applaud you all always.

Always cheering you on.

Keep building one another up.

Be kind.

It Adds Up

I know how busy life gets and sometimes we don’t have an hour or even thirty minutes to squeeze in some movement.    So, here is a short routine you can follow along with on my you tube channel.

Click the link below:

 A 4 Minute Pilates Routine

Let me know if you try it.

Be well.

 

10 Day Ab Challenge Part 1

Here is an abs circuit to add to your routine for the next 10 days. Perform 1-3 sets. I will post Part 2 in the next few days on my You Tube channel, so you will have to subscribe to my channel so as not to miss it. Leave a comment and let me know if you tried it. Feel free to share.

As always consult your doctor before exercising.

Be Patient

Joseph Pilates had many words of wisdom regarding his method, but the ones I will be focusing on  are these two:

” In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see

the difference, and in 30 you will have a brand new body.”

“Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worth while endeavor”.

Just like any other exercise program you have to commit  to the exercise method in order to see the many benefits.

Both  statements above stress consistency and patience. Give your body the  time and grace it needs to become the best it can be. Don’t expect changes overnight, or resort to quick fixes.

Be patient.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reformer Planks

I love planks in all its forms.  This series on the reformer is fun and challenging.

 

Let me know if you try these variations. Enjoy.

 

Pilates Movements Explained Part 2

Part 2

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A continuation from last weeks movements explained.

Bridge

In Pilates we have two types of bridges, articulated and neutral. An articulated is emphasizes spinal flexibility. Where as in the neutral bridge the spine moves as one piece.

Table Top

In this position your knees are bent and your feet off the floor and your inner thighs are lightly engaged. This position teaches you how to effectively “train” the  abdominals  really challenging the transverse abdominus.

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Pilates Movements Explained

Part 1

 

Below are two specific movements that are taught and many times mentioned in Pilates classes.

C Curve

The C-Curve describes the shape of the back after the deep abdominal scoop. This is also a great stretch for the spine.  One classic Pilates exercise that uses this shape is the Spine Stretch Forward.

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Balance Position

In this position you are balancing slightly behind your tailbone. The key in maintaining this perfectly balanced position is to engage or pull in your deep abdominals.  Another classic exercise that uses this position is the Rolling like a Ball.

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In the next few weeks I will explain a few more of these Pilates movements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pilates for Cyclists Part 2

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Let’s dive right into a few Pilates equipment  exercises to implement in the cyclists cross training program.

Pilates Footwork: This is is great for proper knee and leg alignment, stretches calves and strengthens and mobilizes ankles.

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Stomach Massage Flat:

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Feet in Straps Circles:

Side Lying Push Away: Strengthens the outer thighs
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Chest Expansion: Opens the Chest

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Supine Arms: Builds Strength in the Upper Body

Long Box Pulling Straps: Strengthens back.

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Articulated Bridge and  Push Away: Strengthens the Hamstrings and Low Back.

Superman: Back Strengthener

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Standing Splits: Strengthens Inner and Outer Thighs

Pike and Reverse Pike: Strengthens Upper Body and Abdominals.

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Reverse Pike/Tendo Stretch

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There are many more exercises in the Pilates  repertoire as mentioned above these are just a few.

As always don’t forget to stretch.