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Which Way Are You Breathing In Footwork On The Reformer?

"I breathe in when I push out and I exhale on the way in."

Great. This breathing pattern will help you control the carriage on the way in, and by cueing to inhale into the back ribs you can melt your rib cage onto the carriage, hence helping keep the front ribs together and the abdominals engaged...

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An Inside Job

Pilates happens on the inside. Videos of advanced Pilates exercises don’t show that work, the detailed work of muscles close to the joint. The magic of Pilates happens through verbal cueing (the teacher saying the right thing at just the right time) or through tactile cueing (supporting or...

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Book Review: The Art and Science of Cueing by Eric Franklin

Even though it is a small booklet of 65 pages, “The Art and Science of Cueing” by Eric Franklin is jam-packed with concrete examples and explanations about the delicate skill of cueing. Targeting Pilates, yoga and dance teachers, the book offers examples for each of these movement...

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Self Correction in Quadruped Exercises

 

Here is a quick video in which I show an easy and effective way to correct yourself in Quadruped exercises, such as:

  • M - Opposite Arm and Leg Reach
  • M - Quadruped with Leg Abduction
  • T - Hip Extension
  • R - Reverse Abdominals: single leg variation

Summary:

  • Keep your body perfectly still while...
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Correcting the Supine Spine Twist

Q: I have a question about the Supine Spine Twist. When the student has rotated her hips to one side and the opposite shoulder is lifting off the mat, should I correct the shoulder? Is it better to use a verbal or tactile cue?

A: Excellent question! Before I give you the answer, I’m going...

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Hip-width apart or fist-width apart

Q: I noticed that some teachers are now cueing to keep the feet “one fist-width apart” instead of “hip-width apart”. Why is that?

A: Great observation!

Have you noticed what happens when you tell your students to “place their feet hip-width apart”? I encourage...

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How To Effectively Cue the Abdominals and the Pelvic Floor

Q: My question is about finding cues to activate the lower abdominals and the pelvic floor. For example, in “The Hundred”, using cues such as “belly button to spine” or “bring the sit bones together” can create excessive pelvic tilting and/or the rectus...

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Watch The Moment of Return

 

Pilates is all about control, don’t we know it.

In this video, I’ll talk about how co-contraction of agonist and antagonist around a joint makes your movement fluid and your joints stable.

Often we focus on the first part of the exercise, pulling on the bar or the strap, and then we...

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The Difference between Climb a Tree on the Reformer and the Ladder Barrel

Have you every wondered why you would choose one over the other? I'll try and give you some guidelines.

First of all, just by looking at the two apparatuses, the most obvious and visible differences between the two pieces are:

  1. The barrel is round while the box on the Reformer is rectangular.
  2. The...
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Enough Shoulders Down Already!

 

"Pull the shoulders away from the ears." 

I bet that was a good reminder for you, wasn't it? Most of us carry our shoulders as earrings. Yep guys, you too!

But if we think of the same cue over and over and over, we tend to shoot beyond the perfect position, and start overdoing it. Too much...

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