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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:

  • M - Balance on a half roller: foot lengthwise on...
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Eccentric Glute Control in Standing Leg Pump

In Standing Leg Pump - Facing The Chair, it’s the glutes’ job to eccentrically control the pedal. Most students press down using their quad concentrically, but forget to control the pedal on the way up.

Further, if the glute on the side of the body with the foot on the pedal is not...

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Pilates Exercises for Runners

Runners, this one’s for you! We have added a list of exercises to the Pilates Encyclopedia to help you improve your skills and prevent injury and pain. 

Here’s a few to get you started:

  • M - Single Leg Bridge
    • Improves glute strength
    • Strengthens obliques
  • M - Single leg calf...
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Comparing Ankle Dorsi- and Plantar Flexion Exercises on Reformer, Trapeze Table and Chair

When your goal is to strengthen and correct your (student’s) feet and ankles, you have lots of apparatuses and exercises to choose from. But which would be best? Why should I do Footwork on the Trapeze Table instead of the Reformer? Let’s compare ankle dorsi- and plantar flexion...

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Z-Sit Thigh Stretch

 

Try this variation of the Mermaid position. Even without this variation, the Z-Sit is a great hip stretch into external rotation (foot that's in front of you) and internal rotation (foot that's behind you). By adding these movements, you will additionally improve your hip mobility into extension,...

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External Hip Rotation Exercises

This list includes exercises that improve external rotation of the hip joint either by lengthening the internal rotators or by strengthening the external rotators.

Trapeze Table

  • Hip Opener
  • Side Lying Leg Springs: Passé

Reformer

  • Thighs in Straps (springs assist external rotation and...
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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 Deal With Joint Replacements In a Pilates Class

Q: If someone comes to my class with a hip or a knee replacement, and I don't feel like I have all the knowledge to keep them safe, would it be unreasonable to ask for a doctor’s note before starting a Pilates program? I personally would suggest training with someone with more experience.

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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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Understanding the Side Kick Series - Part 2: Movements of the Top Leg

 

If you've missed the first part of this series, you can find it here:

Side Kick Series: Part 1

After learning the most appropriate position for the side of your body that's touching the floor (bottom arm and leg), we will now look into the movements of the top leg.

The moving leg is the one that...

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