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Pilates Exercises for Low Bone Density

Many people are nervous to get started with exercise after finding out they have low bone density. They may worry that putting their body under stress will cause an injury. Rest assured that exercising- with a few guidelines in mind- can actually decrease your risk of bone fracture. And with...

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Are You Tight or Are You Tight?

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A muscle that feels tight is not necessarily short. On the contrary, often long, over-stretched muscles that are weak develop facial tightness as a...

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Lengthen, Strengthen, and Stretch

Words are subjective. I’m sure you’ve tried to name a color, only to hear your friend say, “That’s not purple, it’s blue.” We associate different meaning to different words.

A “good workout” for one person means sweating, huffing and puffing until...

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Turn the Volume Up and Down

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First, a short recap about concentric and eccentric muscle work. (I’ve stopped calling it contraction because I associate a shortening with the word...

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Is Pilates a Workout?

Is Pilates a workout or is Pilates not a workout? This debate is not new. There has been quite a discussion around that subject for a while. Especially teachers who have been trained in the lineage of Romana Kryzanowska are often adamant that Pilates is a workout and that Pilates is supposed to...

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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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Every Subject is Two Subjects

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When correcting a misalignment, always consider the two opposing sides of the joint.

A shoulder that’s rounded forward could be due to shortened...

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Variations are Overrated

I’m personally not a huge fan of variations. Although variety is great and it’s fun to do something different every once in a while, I always choose effectiveness over creativity. Don’t get me wrong, I’m actually one of those rare people who like change (most humans are...

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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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Watch For What’s Counterbalancing

Counterbalancing means that the opposing sides of an area are moving in opposite directions in order to stay balanced. If you add more weight to one side of a scale, you can keep the balance by adding more weight to the other side as well.

In Butterflies or Bent Knee Opening, watch the knee...

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