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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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Keep It Secret

Note: The exercise links within the text will lead to Youtube. For links directly inside the Encyclopedia, scroll down to the end of the post.

I love challenging spinal stabilizers on the transverse plane with weight distribution exercises.

For example, I’ll be teaching Knee Folds or...

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The Magic of the Detail

In traditional exercise, the goal is to make movements bigger, perform more repetitions with more weight. Always pushing the edge of what we can do, working at our limit.

Pilates is different, oh so different!

Maybe you’ve had the experience before where one of your teachers encouraged you...

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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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It Doesn’t Get Easier

With all types of exercise, there is a certain learning curve. Whether it’s martial arts or rock climbing or skiing, there is always a skill to learn.

But the expectation (backed by experience) is that it’ll get easier with practice. Running for 30 minutes will be easier after doing...

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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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Position Before Transition

Transitions are wonderful. They seamlessly connect one exercise with the next. There is no pause in the movement, no letup of activity. No rest for the weary.

But if the transition is a struggle, then it can leave us in faulty alignment for the exercise to come. On top of that, the pressure of...

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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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Should I Close My Eyes In Pilates or Keep Them Open?

 

Have you been confused why some teachers (Pilates, or yoga) tell you to close your eyes and others tell you to always keep them open?

One of my students asked me yesterday what Pilates’s take is on closing your eyes versus keeping them open during your Pilates practice. This was my answer.

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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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