How To Help Overactive Hip Flexors in Reverse Abdominals

Reverse Abdominals (also known as Reverse Knee Stretch or Kneeling Abdominals Facing Back) is a fantastic abdominal strengthener. The arms, shoulders, and hip flexors get quite a lot of work, too.

It should be in just about every new student’s program unless contraindicated. It...

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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 Most Common Mistake in Scooter on the Reformer

Scooter should be a regular in your classes and lessons. It works on so many necessary things all at once! It strengthens your thighs, glutes, hamstrings, lateral hip stabilizers, and adductor magnus. It lengthens your hip flexors (which so many of us desperately need) and improves our...

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How to Help Pilates Students with Flat Thoracic Spines

We usually picture the upper back as rounding backward, right? But if Pilates has taught us anything it's that each person is different. Maybe you've noticed that some of your students have flat thoracic spines. As you watch them move, perhaps you've noticed that the upper back also seems to...

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How To Stabilize Your Spine In Plank

 

There are too many bad planks in this world!!! This makes me so very, very sad! Relying on our skeleton to hold us up usually means that the lumbar vertebrae are getting all the load and are suffering.

Here is a video from a few years back (gosh, my hair was long!) I'll teach you how to first...

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How to Keep Lumbo-Pelvic Stability in Supine Leg Springs on the Trapeze Table

 

Supine Leg Springs is also called Leg Spring Series Supine or Feet in Straps. This series is a great way to improve hip mobility. It activates the hip extensors (glutes and hamstrings) which allow the hip flexors to release. 

One of the most important factors to effectively strengthen your...

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Low Back Arching in Teaser on the Spine Corrector? Try This!

 

Teaser, the classic Pilates exercise, is a fantastic abdominal strengthener. Practicing it on the Spine Corrector is a great stepping stone to the more difficult versions, like on the mat. 

A common mistake in this exercise is the lower back arching. (Don't confuse this with the upper...

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Make the Glutes Work (Instead of the Thighs) in Side Kick Series on Spine Corrector

 

Side Kick Series on the Spine Corrector effectively improves hip dissociation, which is the ability to move the legs while keeping the spine and pelvis still. It also strengthens the lateral hip stabilizers, which we especially appreciate when we need balance for walking, running, hiking,...

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Improve Articulation with Roll Down on Spine Corrector

 

Roll Down on the Spine Corrector improves spinal articulation and strengthens the abdominals. It helps us open the front of the body by stretching the muscles at the front of the rib cage, such as the pectorals and intercostals. Aahhh!

Finding extension of the upper back is tricky...

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Pilates Exercises To Improve Spinal Extension

We spend a lot of our time rounding forward. Perhaps as we speak, you're rounding forward to get a better look at your screen. Very few activities in our daily lives require us to bend backward. But our spines want balance! That's why it's so important to spend time practicing spinal...

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