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Variations are Overrated

I’m personally not a huge fan of variations. Although variety is great and it’s fun to do something different every once in a while, I always choose effectiveness over creativity. Don’t get me wrong, I’m actually one of those rare people who like change (most humans are...

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The Magic of the Detail

In traditional exercise, the goal is to make movements bigger, perform more repetitions with more weight. Always pushing the edge of what we can do, working at our limit.

Pilates is different, oh so different!

Maybe you’ve had the experience before where one of your teachers encouraged you...

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What To Look for When Buying a Pilates Magic Circle

 

There are so many factors to consider when buying a Magic Circle. Plastic or steel? What size is best for the majority in a group class? Are pads necessary for the inside as well as the outside? Check out the video for a breakdown of each feature to help you decide what's best for you and/or your...

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Watch For What’s Counterbalancing

Counterbalancing means that the opposing sides of an area are moving in opposite directions in order to stay balanced. If you add more weight to one side of a scale, you can keep the balance by adding more weight to the other side as well.

In Butterflies or Bent Knee Opening, watch the knee...

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What I'm Not Teaching

 

Learning never stops with Pilates. There are so many details to consider for each and every exercise, but it doesn’t end there. Those details often need to be applied differently for each and every body practicing them.

What about the exercises we don’t fully understand, yet? Is it...

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Pilates Exercises For Alpine Skiers

If you’re hitting the slopes this year, do your body a favor and include some Pilates exercises that will keep your knees safe and your legs strong so you can tackle that bunny slope black diamond!

In the Programming & Sequencing chapter of the Pilates Encyclopedia, you’ll...

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Why C-Curve Is Okay Even For Someone With A Round Back

In someone with Hyperkyphosis (an overly rounded thoracic spine) the area that’s too round is the upper thoracic area. In a C-Curve exercise, such as Teaser on the Floor (Chair) the focus of the rounding should be in the middle thoracic area around T7-9 which is opposite the xiphoid process...

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Elbow Cheat in Side Sit Up on the Pilates Ladder Barrel

 

You would never dream of cheating in an exercise, right? But what if you didn’t even realize you were doing it? Our body often tries to “help” us by subtly altering a movement to make it easier. Check out this video for a sneaky way your elbow might try to assist you during Side...

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Posture Versus Core

There is a huge focus on abdominal strength in Pilates. Old news, I know. But Pilates is also known for its positive effect on posture.

“Draw your ribs down and together” or “keep your suspenders on” are two of the most used cues for core connection.

“Spread your...

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How To Bring Your Student’s Focus Back Without Being Rude?

You as the teacher have the responsibility to keep the lesson focused. Your student might want to chat with you. You might have become friends over the course of many years of working together, but they are still paying you. They won’t say it, but they want you to keep them focused.

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