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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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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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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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An Ode to the Ladder Barrel

When have you last used the Ladder Barrel in your practice? Me? Yesterday. It’s one of my favorite pieces of equipment. (Shh, don’t tell the Reformer.)

If you haven’t played on the High Barrel in a while, let me tell you why you should hop on it in your next practice....

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Should you Choose Round Back or Flat Back Exercises?

 

Have you ever wondered whether you should choose the flat back version of Short Box on the Reformer or Ladder Barrel or the round back version?


If you were trained classically, then you might do both, but if your approach is more contemporary or rehab oriented, you might be unsure of what’s...

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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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Manage Plantar Fasciitis with Pilates

I'm seeing more and more people at my studio suffering from plantar fasciitis (PF). PF has a tendency to linger around for a while; it seems to be difficult to get rid of, which might be one of the reasons for the increased number of people dealing with this painful condition. Inactivity...

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