How To Help Overactive Hip Flexors in Reverse Abdominals

Reverse Abdominals (also known as Reverse Knee Stretch or Kneeling Abdominals Facing Back) is a fantastic abdominal strengthener. The arms, shoulders, and hip flexors get quite a lot of work, too.

It should be in just about every new student’s program unless contraindicated. It...

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Are You Cheating in Pulling Straps on the Reformer?

Also called Pulling Ropes, this is one of the few prone exercises on the Reformer and it’s not too hard, so it should make it into almost every Pilates class, especially for beginners.

There are 3 main ways people tend to cheat during this exercise. Let's look at each of them and explore...

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The Most Common Mistake in Scooter on the Reformer

Scooter should be a regular in your classes and lessons. It works on so many necessary things all at once! It strengthens your thighs, glutes, hamstrings, lateral hip stabilizers, and adductor magnus. It lengthens your hip flexors (which so many of us desperately need) and improves our...

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The 7 Best Progressions for Sleeper on the Reformer

Sleeper, also known as side-lying footwork, is an excellent series to strengthen the hips and can be very helpful for students with knee problems.

This series is all about activating the lateral hip muscles when working in parallel and the external hip rotators when in external rotation. If your...

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How to Help Pilates Students with Flat Thoracic Spines

We usually picture the upper back as rounding backward, right? But if Pilates has taught us anything it's that each person is different. Maybe you've noticed that some of your students have flat thoracic spines. As you watch them move, perhaps you've noticed that the upper back also seems to...

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How to Promote the Oov

The Oov is a great tool for challenging balance and stability. The shape compliments the natural curves of the spine, making it very useful for building control in the core, stretching, and rehabilitation. 

If the Oov is so great, why isn't everyone using it?

One reason is that many students...

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The Best Way to Improve Alignment for Elephant on the Reformer

The Reformer repertoire is almost ready! I've been filming and writing, and filming and writing to get it ready for you on January 1st. Until then, here's a little preview of the Reformer chapter to hold you over. 

Elephant can be a difficult exercise to learn. A common mistake is to let the...

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Pilates During Pregnancy

Seeing a plus sign on a pregnancy test means big life changes are ahead! In addition to the excitement (and maybe some nerves) you feel, many expecting women have a lot of questions about how to take care of themselves and the growing baby during pregnancy.

What kind of exercise routines are...

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How to Challenge Pilates Students of Different Levels Effectively in a Group Class

Group classes are a great cost-effective way for many students to enjoy Pilates. A room of people who are all interested in Pilates and their health promotes a sense of camaraderie and fun. 

However, when the class has a mix of newbies and more experienced students, it can be tricky to...

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How To Avoid Locking Your Knees in Washer Woman I on the Chair

Washer Woman I, also known as Roll Up 1, Hamstring 1, or Hamstring Stretch, helps to strengthen upper body control and lengthen the back of the body. With so many things to focus on in this exercise, we mustn’t forget to keep our knees actively straight but not locked. Locking your knees...

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