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How To Improve Your Verbal Cueing in Your Pilates Classes

When you're fairly new to teaching Pilates, you might think you need to come up with a new and creative way to describe movement in each class. You try to be creative and precise. You don't want to "steal" other people's cues, imagery, or variations.

Does this sound...

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How to Build Shoulder Strength for your Pilates Push-up

Push-ups are a fantastic exercise to improve coordination of all the shoulder stabilizers and build upper body and abdominal strength. They are found in just about every method of fitness. Unfortunately, many people perform Push-ups with poor form. The most common mistakes in Push-Ups are:

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Do This One Simple Thing To Improve Your Balance

Today we have a post from the archives, but the message is timeless. Let's talk about balance and what might be standing in your way of having it. 

Have you ever considered that the lack of strength in your legs is what's ruining your balance? Our legs consist of a lot more muscles than just...

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Fix Your Elbow or Shoulder Pain in Bicycle

Elbow pain during Bicycle or Scissors in the Air is unfortunately very common. A weak or injured rotator cuff makes keeping the elbows narrow very difficult. Even if we manage to keep the elbows right under us, if they're tempted to slide out, this creates a shear force around the upper arm...

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How to Relieve Tension in Neck and Shoulders

The most common complaint from people I'm working with is that their shoulders are extremely tense. There are many reasons for this. For example:

  • Rounding the shoulders while working at a computer  
  • Bad posture while standing, walking, exercising, driving  
  • Nervousness and anxiety...
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How to Get a Strong Butt

This post is from the archives, but this exercise remains a favorite of mine for glute strength. A strong butt is not just pretty, it’s crucial for good healthy movement.

Your butt muscle (gluteus maximus) is attached to your pelvis, which is attached to your spine, which is attached to...

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The Best Exercise for a Tight Waist and Strong Back

Favorite exercise alert! Okay, I admit it, I have a lot of favorite exercises. But for good reason! They feel gooooood, they energize me, and they make me stop hurting (yes, I have tight muscles, too).

Today's favorite exercise is called: Twisted Plank. I made that up. Since I'm not very creative...

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How to Reduce Pain and Increase Strength with Pilates

I'm sure you've heard the saying: "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link." It's sometimes used when referring to sports teams or other group efforts. I would like to apply this concept to the muscles in your body. When all the muscles and joints in your body are working together to...

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Stay Safe at the Pilates Studio | Bring Your Own Reformer Loops

Remember life before Covid? It feels like a long time ago, doesn't it? A few months ago, when we wanted to take a Pilates class, all we had to think about is finding time in our schedule. But times have changed! Now as we get ready to head to the studio, we likely have these questions on our...

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How to Make Sticking to a Regular Pilates Practice Easy

Practicing regularly should be a no-brainer for a Pilates teacher. After all, we know exactly how good Pilates is for us. We know of its power and magic. We see first hand on a daily basis the transformation it brings about in our students. Then why is it so hard to stick to our own practice?

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