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How Pilates Builds Strength Faster with Good Form

August 12, 2013

A long term student said to me the other day: “I feel like I’m not very strong. I do very little strength training outside of Pilates class, and part of me would like to be stronger but not bulky. I know sometimes I need to reduce the springs in Pilates because my form suffers but how do I push myself correctly so I get stronger?”

I wanted to share…

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A Different Way to Change Your Body

July 23, 2013

I just took an amazing workshop with STOTT PILATES® Master Instructor Trainer, Kim Kraushar at the Mindful Movement Conference in Los Angeles. The content of the workshop was fabulous– she taught creative, new exercises with wonderful cues. But I really loved Kim’s big picture commentary. One of my favorite things she said was that, “There is this idea going around that in order to change your body you…

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Creating a Better Athlete

July 5, 2013

Pilates is wonderful for everyone. The benefits are numerous but why would someone want to add Pilates if they are training for a marathon or triathlon?

If someone is already highly athletic, Pilates will make them stronger, more stable, provide body awareness and protect the joints while creating a solid core. Increasing your core strength and stability is a key ingredient to being a better athlete.

The body movements…

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Beware of Pilates Tricks

July 2, 2013

Many of my clients have asked me about Pilates videos posted on YouTube where instructors are doing crazy ‘tricks’ (not the exercise pictured) and getting tens of thousands of views. Some of my clients are excited to try them, while others hope that they’ll eventually get there.

I’m sure…

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Sit, Don’t Collapse

July 1, 2013

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We sit down. Then stand up. Over and over, all day long. We sit/stand at least 40 times or more a day.

Riding a commuter train today got me thinking about HOW we sit/stand. Every time someone sat down near me on the train- thump, plop. Young and old, they proved people do…

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Dropping Weight Alleviates Joint Pain

June 11, 2013

Let me break it down: it’s estimated that a force of nearly three to six times one’s body weight is exerted across the knee while walking.

Being only 10 pounds overweight increases the force on the knee by 30-60 pounds with each step.And its not just the knees that bear the this increase in stress, but the hips, ankles, back, and basically every joint.

Many clients come to…

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Taming the Psoas

May 27, 2013

Constructive RestThe psoas is very susceptible to being tight because of our daily activities. Sitting for long periods of a the time at the computer, driving, running and even exercise. Pilates can help bring the psoas back to a relaxed, responsive and supportive position so that it can do it’s job properly.

Last week…

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The Mysterious Psoas

May 20, 2013

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Do your clients have trouble understanding what you mean when you talk to them about their psoas? Everyone has heard the word Psoas used when referring to core muscles or hip flexors but what, really, is the Psoas?

The Psoas muscle is an incredible muscle that helps us move, walk, dance and live. The Psoas can…

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A Dancer Finds Strength: Emily Jones’ Path to Pilates

May 13, 2013

I love getting an opportunity to highlight teachers! And to find out more about what got them teaching Pilates and what makes them tick. Below is a conversation I had with Blue Sparrow Pilates instructor Emily Jones.

H: When and how did you first learn about Pilates?
E: My Pilates practice began somewhat on accident as a teenager. As part of ballet and modern dance classes, my teachers would…

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Possible vs. Impossible

June 1, 2012

Where do you draw the line between possible and impossible?

Growing up we are told what we cannot do. You’re not tall enough to be a dancer, you’re too short to be on the basketball team, and so on. We are told “no” over and over again.

But as adults who is really saying “No”?

You may realize it is you, your fears and your self-imposed limitations. You’re the one saying…