Why Pilates Is the Missing Link in Your Fitness Regimen

Original Article By Cassie Shortsleeve

It’s time to stop scoffing at Pilates. While the workout Opens a New Window. —which focuses on building core strength Opens a New Window. , mobility, flexibility, and strength Opens a New Window. —seems to be primarily loved by women, it was actually created by a man—a German bodybuilder at that. And today some of the fittest men on the planet (i.e. Navy SEALs) turn to the discipline to counteract their weaknesses and become more well-rounded athletes.

“When you’re out on a site somewhere, you can’t just pop into the gym and get your […]

Pilates Is Famous For Sculpting Lean Bodies, but It’s Actually the Ultimate Injury Rehab

Pilates Is Famous For Sculpting Lean Bodies, but It’s Actually the Ultimate Injury Rehab

Original Article By DOMINIQUE MICHELLE ASTORINO

When you’re injured, recovering from a trauma, or experiencing any kind of pain, your workout is usually the first thing to take a back seat. In most cases, physical therapists and doctors will tell you to pause your running routine, skip Spin class, ditch the boot camps, and cool it with exercise — except Pilates. Andrea Speir, founder and master trainer at SPEIR Pilates, knows this firsthand.

“The aesthetic side of Pilates — wanting to look a certain way — came […]

Pilates for Knee Pain

Article Featured on CenterWorks | © MMVIII-MMXIII, Aliesa George and Centerworks©. Used by Permission. Originally posted on Centerworks.com.

I’ve been on a knee strengthening kick lately with my Pilates workouts, cardio fitness activities, and weight training program, all because I took a hard fall inline skating with my puppy a few weeks ago.  So I’ve really been trying to pay attention to my habits and here’s what I’ve discovered and how I’ve been compensating because of knee pain.

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5 Must-Do Pilates Moves for a Great Butt

By Marguerite Ogle | Featured on VeryWillFit

In Pilates, there are many butt exercises that lift, tone, and sculpt your backside, but they do so much more. As with most Pilates exercises, these affect more than just one part of the body. You will also be working on the rest of your core strength, including the backs of your legs, abdominal muscles, and back.

The best thing about these butt exercises is that you can do them at home. There’s no need for a reformer or other equipment; it’s just you and your mat. They’re fantastic additions to your home workout routine and […]

12 Pilates Exercises That Really Work Your Core

Article Featured on Self.com | By Amy Marturana

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Strengthening your core is one of the best things you can do for your overall fitness. A strong core—which includes your abs, obliques, and lower back muscles—helps keep your body balanced and stable, lets you maintain proper posture and exercise form, keeps your spine stable and safe, and overall, helps you move in a more controlled and efficient way. There are tons of ways to work your core (check out some great ideas here) but adding Pilates moves into your routine is a great way to engage your core muscles in a new […]

Do You Need a Recovery Period After Pilates?

Article Found on HealthyLiving

If you regularly weight train, you know that you need about 48 hours between workouts for your muscles to recover and repair. Pilates, a mind-body exercise system that focuses on the core musculature of the trunk, is different, however. Although it offers moderate resistance training, you can do Pilates training daily, without leaving a recovery period.

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5 Ways Pilates Can Help Your Brain

5 Ways Pilates Can Help Your Brain

Article Featured on AARP

If you think of Pilates as exercise for your physical core — that prime stretch of real estate between your rib cage and your pelvis — you are not wrong. But there are reasons to think these popular workouts might do some good for your mental core, as well.

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Where Pilates and Physical Therapy Meet

An Interview with Dr. Brent Anderson of Polestar Pilates

By Marguerite Ogle | Featured on Very Well

Typically, when we think of physical rehabilitation we think of physical therapy. However, with the exceptional rise in the popularity of Pilates over the past ten years, awareness of its rehabilitative effects has increased. Doctors recommend Pilates to their clients with foot, knee, back, shoulder, neck pain and more. Physical therapists are integrating Pilates equipment and exercises into their practices, and many are trained as Pilates instructors as well.

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5 Core Exercises That Are Better Than Regular Planks

By K. Aleisha Fetters | Article Featured on US News

Planks are great, but they aren’t the be-all and end-all of core training. After all, most people tend to just “hang” in them – which completely sells their results short. And, even when performed properly, planks only work one section of your core muscles – and only in one specific position.

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Mental Health and Pilates

Article by Risa Sheppard | Featured on Pilates Style

Approximately one in five adults in the U.S. experiences mental discord in a given year. Approximately one in 25 experiences a serious mental illness in a given year. (That’s 10 million people.) And 6.9 percent of adults had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. Meanwhile,18.1 percent experienced an anxiety disorder, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder or attention disorder.

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