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How to Keep Your Pilates Equipment Handles and Reformer Loops Germ-Free

Have you thought about what it will be like when we get back to the studio? Cleaning equipment is not too difficult, but how about those cotton loops and polypropylene handles? 

The easiest solution would be to ask everyone to wear socks and (single-use plastic) gloves (not the fingerless...

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How To Avoid a Belly Bulge in Roll Down on the Reformer

When you add Roll Down on the Reformer to your routine, you can enjoy the benefits of improved spinal flexion, lengthened hip flexors, and strong abdominals.

This exercise is all about scooping, hollowing, and drawing "navel to spine". All the classic Pilates cues can be used here....

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Are You Cheating in Pulling Straps on the Reformer?

Also called Pulling Ropes, this is one of the few prone exercises on the Reformer and it’s not too hard, so it should make it into almost every Pilates class, especially for beginners.

There are 3 main ways people tend to cheat during this exercise. Let's look at each of them and explore...

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The 7 Best Progressions for Sleeper on the Reformer

Sleeper, also known as side-lying footwork, is an excellent series to strengthen the hips and can be very helpful for students with knee problems.

This series is all about activating the lateral hip muscles when working in parallel and the external hip rotators when in external rotation. If your...

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The Best Way to Improve Alignment for Elephant on the Reformer

The Reformer repertoire is almost ready! I've been filming and writing, and filming and writing to get it ready for you on January 1st. Until then, here's a little preview of the Reformer chapter to hold you over. 

Elephant can be a difficult exercise to learn. A common mistake is to let the...

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Studio Spotlight: C2 in Dedham, MA

Earlier this year, I spontaneously decided to take a Reformer class at C2 Pilates in Dedham, NH.  Signing up over the phone was a breeze. There was a class going on as I arrived at the studio. As is typical for me, I was early because I always want to make sure I find parking and I...

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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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How to Cue Neutral Spine in Reformer Footwork

In previous posts, I discussed the breathing pattern in Footwork, and I explained how your breath moves the spine.

Today we’ll discuss the best way to get you(r student) to maintain a neutral lumbar curve and stable lumbo-pelvic region during the bending and straightening of the legs.

First...

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Pilates Exercises for Lumbar Flexion

As we move throughout our daily life, we need to be able to safely move the spine in all directions. In the Programming & Sequencing chapter of the Pilates Encyclopedia, you’ll find a list of exercises that move the lumbar spine into flexion.

The biggest benefit of lumbar flexion...

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Which Way Are You Breathing In Footwork On The Reformer?

"I breathe in when I push out and I exhale on the way in."

Great. This breathing pattern will help you control the carriage on the way in, and by cueing to inhale into the back ribs you can melt your rib cage onto the carriage, hence helping keep the front ribs together and the abdominals engaged...

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