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The Best Foam Roller on the Market Today

 

I tend to be very conservative about new props. Just because someone invented and produced a new product, doesn’t mean it’s good. Who says it does something that I can’t also achieve with a prop that I already have.

Browsing for products in a catalog or online you can’t...

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Pilates for Degenerative Disc Disease

If you or your student were diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, you are probably wondering if Pilates is safe for DDD. Which Pilates exercises are good for me? Which exercises are contraindicated?

When the discs of our spine are healthy, they act as cushions and shock absorbers between...

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How To Master the Pilates Boomerang One Step at a Time

Boomerang is an advanced Pilates mat exercise where the whole body gets to join in on the fun. When you look at it closely, it combines several famous Pilates positions, like The Hundred, Roll Over, Teaser, and a little bit of Double Leg Kicks.

With so much going on, it's easy to make...

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The Truth About Your Mobility That You Need to Know

I won't beat around the bush. Here it is: No-one is flexible everywhere or nowhere. In other words, someone who is mostly flexible still has stiff areas. Someone who is mostly tight can have flexible areas. It's one of those instances that allows us to see the world more than just black and...

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How To Cue Your Student's Posture in Standing Pilates Exercises

How do you make sure that you have good alignment in standing exercises? 

Maybe you’ve heard that you should stack the pelvis over the ankles, and the ribcage over the pelvis, and the head over the ribcage. Kind of like stacking Jenga pieces on top of each other to create a strong and...

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What Type of Cues Help Your Pilates Student the Most?

 

Watch me teach a few mat exercises to my student Bethany. We did 

  • Bridging
  • Pelvic Clocks 3-9 (1:45)
  • Oblique Bridging (2:48)
  • Chest Lift (3:55)
  • Table Top (5:55)
  • Dead Bugs/Arm Arcs (6:30)
  • Dead Bugs / Toe Taps / Heel Taps (7:00)
  • Swimming (8:05)

As you watch Bethany do the first couple of...

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The Best Cash Flow System (I Know) For Your Pilates Studio

Today’s book review is going to be especially interesting for those of you owning or running a Pilates Studio. I don’t consider myself a Pilates business pro and I don’t plan on recommending strategies for running your business going forward, but  “Profit First for...

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The Most Important Pilates Teaching Skill to Accommodate All Levels

Imagine that your students have just shown up to your Pilates class. As you look around the room, you see people of all different abilities and experience. How are you going to teach a class that challenges each student effectively and keeps everyone safe?  

Layering is the single...

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How to Improve Posture with the Thera-Band

 

I addressed this topic already a few years back (as you can tell from this video of my younger self). We always seem to be in this rounded or hunched position all day and sometimes it seems we live our lives this way. It is really important to strengthen the muscles in the backs of our shoulders....

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How To Avoid a Belly Bulge in Roll Down on the Reformer

When you add Roll Down on the Reformer to your routine, you can enjoy the benefits of improved spinal flexion, lengthened hip flexors, and strong abdominals.

This exercise is all about scooping, hollowing, and drawing "navel to spine". All the classic Pilates cues can be used here....

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