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Understanding the Pilates Side Kicks Series - Part 2: The Top Leg

If you've missed the first part of this series, you can find it here:

Side Kicks Series: Part 1: The Bottom Leg

After learning the most appropriate position for the side of your body that's touching the floor (bottom arm and leg), we will now look into the movements of the top leg.

The moving leg...

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Why You Have to Stop Counting Repetitions

One of the most common questions I hear over and over from clients is, "How many repetitions should I do of each exercise?"

At that point, I usually launch into a lengthy explanation of why I don't give a number. A part of the length of this explanation comes from my anticipating that someone...

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Improve Your Technique Of The Chest Lift

As you probably know, the Chest Lift is a foundational Pilates mat exercise, which is part of many other exercises as well, i.e. all exercises of the Stomach Series (Single Leg Stretch, Double Leg Stretch, etc.), as well as The Hundred (on the mat and the Reformer), Coordination, Backstroke...

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Understanding the Pilates Side Kicks Series - Part 1: The Bottom Leg

The Side Kick Series is a set of traditional Pilates exercises that improve core stability, spine stability, and hip strength. There are many different versions of it out there. In today's video, I'd like to explain how and why they are different from one another. So, when you see the exercise...

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Is Pilates Safe for Osteoporosis?

Let me start with a personal story. My mother had been diagnosed with osteoporosis a few years ago. She found out when her doctor detected a fracture in her sacrum.

Now you might think, “Oh that must hurt.” Well - not so much, actually. Many fractures, especially in the spine, are...

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Upper Extremity Integration with the Pedipole

Many people new to Pilates know that the method strengthens their core, but they often don’t realize that Pilates looks at every body part of the body from every direction. Veteran Pilates teachers sometimes find it frustrating, that the method gets reduced to...

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The Stomach Series

The Stomach Series or Series of Five was created by Romana Kryzanowska, who studied with Joseph Pilates himself, in an attempt to strengthen her student’s abdominals. The exercises are: 

Single Leg Stretch
Double Leg Stretch
Single Straight Leg Stretch
Double Straight Leg Stretch
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Imagine an Orchestra Playing a Symphony...

I like using metaphors to describe how Pilates works. The technical and anatomical language is not as easy to grasp. That’s why I share the symphony metaphor with each person who is considering taking up Pilates. It will give them a good idea whether this is something that might work for...

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Pelvic Floor Exercises Using Rotator Discs

The rotator disc is definitely not a classical piece of Pilates apparatus, but many contemporary Pilates teachers use this tremendous tool to get hip, leg and especially the pelvic floor muscles working hard.  

If you struggle with your balance, don't worry, that’s exactly the point....

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Tips For Swimming

Swimming is an exercise that you will come across in almost every single Pilates mat class. It’s an excellent exercise to work the hip extensors (glutes and hamstrings), spinal extensors (erector spinae), and practice trunk stability while lying on your stomach.

Not that you need a...

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