Why Pilates Was The One Thing That Finally Healed My Lifelong Injury

Original Article By Erika Bloom

As a young dancer, I was dancing up to eight hours a day. I was determined and hardworking—fully dedicated to an art I loved.

The only problem? I had pain in my hip that was preventing me from lifting my left leg into a full extension. The pain became stiffness that gave me a limp when I walked, and the stiffness turned into loss of feeling in that leg. That was just the first in a series of injuries that forced me to take time off from dancing.

I decided to take math, physics, and anatomy classes […]

Pilates helps 64-year-old with nerve pain; 'I can do more things now than I could in my 30s'

Original Article By Live Well Nebraska

Former dancer and gymnast Karen Kocourek has always kept a busy and active lifestyle.

When she retired as a pharmaceutical rep, she took up Zumba, to get a little bit of dance back in her life. She added weight lifting and machine work at the gym to her routine.

Her daughter Katrinka Stayton urged her mom to try Pilates last year. She thought

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Here Are the Health Benefits of Pilates

Original Article By Markham Heid

People who dance are easy to spot, even offstage. “They’re very aware of their body’s position in space, and they move almost like cats,” says Marie-Louise Bird, a Pilates researcher and post-doctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia. “But most of us are more like puppy dogs, moving without much attention paid to our posture.”

Luckily, the puppy dogs among us don’t have to go to dance school to get better body awareness. They can just do Pilates.

Ever since Joseph Pilates founded his studio in New York City about a century ago, […]

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 […]

Pilates and Older Adults: A Gentler, Effective Way to Stay Fit

Article Found on Pilates.com | by Ken Endelman

For the older population keeping fit is essential. But so many forms of exercise can be hard on the bodies of older adults. Many have turned to Pilates sessions at their local clubs as a way to stay in shape while reducing the risk of injury that weight-bearing exercises may cause. With its focus on controlled breathing and quality of movement-not quantity of repetitions-many experts agree that Pilates is one of the best ways for older adults to stay healthy.

“Pilates is perfect for older adults because it does not have the […]

The Amazing Pilates Reformer- What It Is and How It’s Used

Article by Marguerite Ogle | Found on VeryWell

There is probably no piece of Pilates equipment more famous than the Pilates reformer—and for good reasons. The reformer makes a dramatic impression when you first see one, and an even more dramatic change in your body when you use it.

You will see reformers lined up in Pilates studios as reformer classes are usually one of the main choices offered.

Portable reformers are also popular as home exercise equipment. What makes the reformer so special? First, take a look at what a reformer is and how it works, then explore the benefits a reformer might have […]