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.
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.
How are you moving today?
Happy Monday!! Our bodies are amazing!!!!When we really think about all ours bodies are able to do for us, without us having to put much thought or effort into it. If we get a cut, our body is able to heal it, when we eat we are able to digest the food which is used for nourishment and give us the needed energy etc.
I think it is time we show ourselves some love and appreciation. This is something I have had to work on in the past as well so I understand it will be a work in progress. But, shifting our mindset will not only benefit us mentally, but emotionally and physically as well.
Let’s work with what we have instead of tearing ourselves down by focusing on what we don’t like about ourselves or comparing ourselves to others, whether it’s a celebrity, a model etc. Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong in wanting to improve on certain areas of our bodies, for example, having strong shoulders or a stronger core or a strong back, which will improve our posture but, constantly obsessing and comparing ourselves to others is putting unnecessary stress on ourselves. I do not like stress!
Focus on having a strong body. Feed our bodies well and remember, our body hears everything our mind says.
Let’s show our bodies some appreciation and love and treat ourselves well.
What will you do this week to show your body love? It can be as simple as drinking more water or going outside more. Let’s have a conversation.
Have a great week.
A continuation from last weeks movements explained.
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.
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.
Below are two specific movements that are taught and many times mentioned in Pilates classes.
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.
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.
In the next few weeks I will explain a few more of these Pilates movements.
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.
Stomach Massage Flat:
Feet in Straps Circles:
Side Lying Push Away: Strengthens the outer thighs
Chest Expansion: Opens the Chest
Supine Arms: Builds Strength in the Upper Body
Long Box Pulling Straps: Strengthens back.
Articulated Bridge and Push Away: Strengthens the Hamstrings and Low Back.
Superman: Back Strengthener
Standing Splits: Strengthens Inner and Outer Thighs
Pike and Reverse Pike: Strengthens Upper Body and Abdominals.
Reverse Pike/Tendo Stretch
* There are many more exercises in the Pilates repertoire as mentioned above these are just a few.
As always don’t forget to stretch.
This next post is a little different from my usual ones however, I think it is imperative to share.
I am sure we all know someone that has had a stroke and depending on the severity of it is either going through therapy/rehab or has had therapy/rehab in the past. Below are a few signs to note if some one is having a stroke and if so seek medical attention immediately. This is what I remember from my CPR and First Aid course.
For more information look to The National Stroke Association website.
Here are a few modifications that I have used on myself as well as my clients when the hips pop, for example when doing single leg circles in Pilates.
Important point, if your hip hurts then before doing any modifications see your doctor before hand , these modifications are only if the hips are pain free.
Hope this helps.