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How to Keep Lumbo-Pelvic Stability in Supine Leg Springs on the Trapeze Table

 

Supine Leg Springs is also called Leg Spring Series Supine or Feet in Straps. This series is a great way to improve hip mobility. It activates the hip extensors (glutes and hamstrings) which allow the hip flexors to release. 

One of the most important factors to effectively strengthen your...

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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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Make the Glutes Work( Instead of the Thighs) in Side Kick Series on Spine Corrector

 

Side Kick Series on the Spine Corrector effectively improves hip dissociation, which is the ability to move the legs while keeping the spine and pelvis still. It also strengthens the lateral hip stabilizers, which we especially appreciate when we need balance for walking, running, hiking,...

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How to Keep the Work in Your Glutes in Parakeet on the Trapeze Table

 

Parakeet, also called Mini Reverse Tower or Shoulder Roll Down, strengthens the posterior chain and improves hip extension. 

This one is all about your butt. Try as best as you can to use your core and glutes. Otherwise, your hamstrings, calves, arches, feet, back, and neck will take...

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Are Your Abs Working or Your Hip Flexors?

The Series of 5 or Stomach Series is a Pilates staple. And for good reason! These exercises build abdominal strength, endurance, and core control. I love to teach the Stomach Series on the Spine Corrector instead of the mat because it can be done more correctly by more students. 

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Make Sure to Strengthen the Posterior Chain of Your Body

In our daily lives, we spend most of our time shortening (and collapsing) the front side of our bodies. Sitting and slouching, for instance, shortens our hip flexors, pectorals, and abdominals. In our Pilates practice, many of the exercises shorten and contract the front side of our bodies...

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Are You Tight or Are You Tight?

A muscle that feels tight is not necessarily short. On the contrary, often long, over-stretched muscles that are weak develop facial tightness as a substitute for real strength. Lengthening these muscles feels good temporarily, but it’s not going to stop the tightness from recurring. It...

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Pilates Exercises After An ACL Injury

The ACL is one of the major ligaments that connect the thighbone to the shinbone. Activities that require sudden changes of direction or speed, landing awkwardly from a jump, and collisions can increase the risk of injury. 

If you have suffered an ACL tear or sprain, check out the...

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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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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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