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Hip Flexor Stretch with the Foam Roller

Hip flexors can often be an afterthought in anybody’s normal stretch routine, but it’s actually one of the most important! Hip flexors have a critical role in controlling the stability and flexibility of your lower body. Shortened hip flexors can lead to knee and ankle issues, as...

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3 Ways To Improve Body Awareness in Pilates Using a Wall

A wall is a fantastic tool to help your students build body awareness. Every studio and home has one, which makes it an accessible and no-cost teaching aid. You might need to rearrange your space a little or close doors to give you more "wall space" but the benefits are totally worth...

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A Quick Pilates Warm-Up for Hiking

I've put together a video of exercises that I do before I head out on a hike. Most people are aware of the importance of stretching after activity and I don't disagree. Let me explain to you why stretching before might be even more productive.

You've hopefully heard me talk about movement...

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3 Reasons Why You Must Try The Pilates Konnector

I don't know about you, but when I look at a new piece of apparatus or prop, I can't really imagine what it would feel like using it. Some people can. Not me. Nope. I like to think I have other talents.  

For me to consider incorporating a new piece of apparatus into my teaching,...

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How To ADAPT Pilates Exercises To The Person In Front Of You

I like ice skating because it requires some skill and grace, which is something that I enjoy given my dance background. When I'm getting ready to skate, it's a no-brainer that wearing skates that fit well is essential.  If I choose skates that are a size too big or too small,...

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How to Build Shoulder Strength for your Pilates Push-up

Push-ups are a fantastic exercise to improve coordination of all the shoulder stabilizers and build upper body and abdominal strength. They are found in just about every method of fitness. Unfortunately, many people perform Push-ups with poor form. The most common mistakes in Push-Ups are:

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Do This One Simple Thing To Improve Your Balance

Today we have a post from the archives, but the message is timeless. Let's talk about balance and what might be standing in your way of having it. 

Have you ever considered that the lack of strength in your legs is what's ruining your balance? Our legs consist of a lot more muscles than just...

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Fix Your Elbow or Shoulder Pain in Bicycle

Elbow pain during Bicycle or Scissors in the Air is unfortunately very common. A weak or injured rotator cuff makes keeping the elbows narrow very difficult. Even if we manage to keep the elbows right under us, if they're tempted to slide out, this creates a shear force around the upper arm...

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How to Improve Hip and Ankle Mobility with a Half Roller

This 12x3 inch piece of foam has saved me on several occasions. It's such a useful tool, I even bring it with me on trips, especially when I'm planning on hiking for several days.

I've put together a short video showing my favorite exercises with the short half roller.

  • Calf Squeeze
  • Hip, Leg and...
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Pilates Mat Exercises with a Yoga Belt

As much as we love Pilates mat work on its own, adding props can be a very beneficial way to add some variety. Depending on how you use them, they can make an exercise more challenging or they can assist you through challenging movements. 

The yoga belt can increase your abdominal...

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