Improve Hip Rotation with Footwork Straddle on the Chair

 

Footwork Straddle on the Chair is also called Seated Leg Pumps-Side Sit, V-Sit, Pumping, or Footwork.

Add this exercise into your routine to strengthen the quadriceps, hamstrings, and external hip rotators. This variation is also great for strengthening the core (especially your...

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Getting the Details Right in Supine Scapular Series on the Trapeze Table

 

To a person unfamiliar with Pilates, Supine Scapular Series can seem like one of those “I’m not doing anything” exercises. This is due to its small range and deep focus on details.

Getting the details just right helps to improve awareness of your shoulder alignment, scapula...

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Make the Glutes Work (Instead of the Thighs) in Side Kick Series on Spine Corrector

 

Side Kick Series on the Spine Corrector effectively improves hip dissociation, which is the ability to move the legs while keeping the spine and pelvis still. It also strengthens the lateral hip stabilizers, which we especially appreciate when we need balance for walking, running, hiking,...

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Pilates Exercises To Improve External Rotation of the Shoulder

External shoulder rotation is when the humerus rotates away from the center of the body. This skill is key to great posture and keeping your shoulders healthy.

Exercises that externally rotate the shoulder strengthen the infraspinatus, teres minor (two of the rotator cuff muscles), as well as...

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Improve Articulation with Roll Down on Spine Corrector

 

Roll Down on the Spine Corrector improves spinal articulation and strengthens the abdominals. It helps us open the front of the body by stretching the muscles at the front of the rib cage, such as the pectorals and intercostals. Aahhh!

Finding extension of the upper back is tricky...

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Pilates Exercises for Swimmers

For a competitive swimmer, mere seconds can make all the difference in a race. For the casual swimmer, proper body mechanics is needed to keep your neck, shoulder and spine muscles from tightening or cramping up during a swim across the lake. 

Whichever category you fall into, Pilates can...

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How to Keep the Work in Your Glutes in Parakeet on the Trapeze Table

 

Parakeet, also called Mini Reverse Tower or Shoulder Roll Down, strengthens the posterior chain and improves hip extension. 

This one is all about your butt. Try as best as you can to use your core and glutes. Otherwise, your hamstrings, calves, arches, feet, back, and neck will take...

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Pilates Exercises To Improve Spinal Extension

We spend a lot of our time rounding forward. Perhaps as we speak, you're rounding forward to get a better look at your screen. Very few activities in our daily lives require us to bend backward. But our spines want balance! That's why it's so important to spend time practicing spinal...

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Pilates Exercises for Tennis Players

Being successful at a sport takes much more than talent – you have to condition your body to be prepared for tough training sessions and competitions. This is why many runners use Pilates to improve their skills and prevent injury. Pilates is ideal for high impact sports, which is why it is...

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The Science Behind Pilates

Pilates has such a loyal following partly because it can be customized to help you reach specific goals. Maybe you're a runner who wants to improve their time and prevent injuries. Or maybe you use Pilates exercises to improve specific pathologies like Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. The list goes on...

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