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The Stomach Series: Spine Corrector Versus Mat

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The Stomach Series is great for increasing abdominal strength, control, and endurance. You're likely...

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Are Your Abs Working or Your Hip Flexors?

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The Series of 5 or Stomach Series is a Pilates staple. And for good reason! These exercises...

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Make Sure to Strengthen the Posterior Chain of Your Body

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In our daily lives, we spend most of our time shortening (and collapsing) the front side of our...

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Spine Corrector Warm Up For Ribcage Mobility

 

Maybe you've noticed that you or some of your students have ribcages that are stiff and tend to move as a block instead of with fluidity. When one area is tight, it's very common that an area nearby, possibly the lumbar spine, becomes hypermobile. Improving ribcage and thoracic spine...

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Posture Versus Core

There is a huge focus on abdominal strength in Pilates. Old news, I know. But Pilates is also known for its positive effect on posture.

“Draw your ribs down and together” or “keep your suspenders on” are two of the most used cues for core connection.

“Spread your...

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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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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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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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Improve Your Technique Of The Chest Lift

 

As you probably know, the Chest Lift is a foundational Pilates mat exercise, which is part of many other exercises as well, i.e. all exercises of the Stomach Series (Single Leg Stretch, Double Leg Stretch, etc.), as well as The Hundred (on the mat and the Reformer), Coordination, Backstroke...

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