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Lengthen, Strengthen, and Stretch

Words are subjective. I’m sure you’ve tried to name a color, only to hear your friend say, “That’s not purple, it’s blue.” We associate different meaning to different words.

A “good workout” for one person means sweating, huffing and puffing until...

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Turn the Volume Up and Down

First, a short recap about concentric and eccentric muscle work. (I’ve stopped calling it contraction because I associate a shortening with the word contraction, which gets confusing as you’ll see.)

Concentric muscle action is a shortening of the muscle while it’s working....

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Review of the Balanced Body Exo Chair

 

First, a big thank you to Stephanie Singer from Uniquity Pilates in New London, New Hampshire for letting me borrow her Exo Chair for this review.

When picking out a new Pilates Chair for your studio or home, you have probably noticed there are a lot of options to choose from. In a previous blog...

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Is Pilates a Workout?

Is Pilates a workout or is Pilates not a workout? This debate is not new. There has been quite a discussion around that subject for a while. Especially teachers who have been trained in the lineage of Romana Kryzanowska are often adamant that Pilates is a workout and that Pilates is supposed to...

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How to Reduce Hip Flexor Overactivity in a Seated Position

 

For many of us, the hip flexors are overly eager to "help" us. Sometimes, they even show up during exercises we didn't mean to invite them to. Do you or your students ever get a gripping feeling in the front of the hips during a seated exercise? If so, check out today's video to explore several...

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Keep It Secret

I love challenging spinal stabilizers on the transverse plane with weight distribution exercises.

For example, I’ll be teaching Knee Folds or Marching. You lie on your back and lift or hover one foot above the mat without rocking your pelvis. Many of my students initially don’t...

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How To Adjust The Ladder Barrel

 

During certain exercises on the Ladder Barrel, the distance between the Barrel and Ladder has to be adjusted to achieve the optimum positioning. This quick video shows how this adjustment can be made. You'll see that the Balanced Body Ladder Barrel I'm using has 4 screws at the bottom that can be...

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Balanced Body Wunda Chair and Combo Chair Comparison

 

When it comes to Pilates Chairs, there are lots of options to choose from. Should you choose one with handles? What about a split-pedal? Does the height and weight of each Chair matter? 

In this video, we’ll take a look at the Balanced Body Wunda Chair and Combo Chair to compare the...

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Every Subject is Two Subjects

When correcting a misalignment, always consider the two opposing sides of the joint.

A shoulder that’s rounded forward could be due to shortened pectoral muscles and/or it can be due to weak posterior shoulder (rotator cuff) muscles.

Correcting an anterior pelvic tilt to neutral in a...

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Spine Corrector Warm Up For Ribcage Mobility

 

Maybe you've noticed that you or some of your students have ribcages that are stiff and tend to move as a block instead of with fluidity. When one area is tight, it's very common that an area nearby, possibly the lumbar spine, becomes hypermobile. Improving ribcage and thoracic spine...

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