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How To Avoid Locking Your Knees in Washer Woman I on the Chair

Washer Woman I, also known as Roll Up 1, Hamstring 1, or Hamstring Stretch, helps to strengthen upper body control and lengthen the back of the body. With so many things to focus on in this exercise, we mustn’t forget to keep our knees actively straight but not locked. Locking your knees...

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Wait... What Did You Call That Exercise?

Isn't it confusing when teachers use different names for the same exercise or the same name for different exercises?

We want to help you find the information you need quickly. Name confusion shouldn't have to slow you down! At the beginning of each chapter, you'll now find a list of Alternative...

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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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Increase or Decrease the Range of Motion of the Pilates Chair Pedal

 

Many students have a hard time keeping their sagittal alignment during exercises like Footwork on the Chair. Sometimes, limiting the motion to a range that the student can control makes all the difference in keeping good alignment. In this case, a pedal stopper can come to the rescue! Don't...

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Don't Forget To Challenge The Sides of Your Body

How many side-lying exercises can you think of? Probably a few, but not nearly as many as supine exercises, right? There are not many exercises in the Pilates repertoire where the force to the core comes from the side, challenging the body in the frontal plane. When building a balanced body, it's...

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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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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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Pilates Exercises for Lumbar Flexion

As we move throughout our daily life, we need to be able to safely move the spine in all directions. In the Programming & Sequencing chapter of the Pilates Encyclopedia, you’ll find a list of exercises that move the lumbar spine into flexion.

The biggest benefit of lumbar flexion...

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Transitions as Progressions

In last week’s blog post I talked about how transitions are fun but can contribute to poor form if introduced to the wrong person at the wrong time. If you haven’t yet, read it here before moving on to today’s post.

Let’s take a look at the transition into Hamstring 3...

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Pilates Exercises for Ankle Stability and Mobility

Ankles that are flexible and strong are key to preventing injuries, falls, and compensations up the kinetic chain. A list of ankle stability and mobility exercises has been added to the Pilates Encyclopedia.

Here’s a few to get you started:

 

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  • Balance on a half roller: foot...
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