Pilates for Knee Pain

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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 […]

The Benefits of Deep Breathing in Pilates Exercise

Article by Marguerite Ogle | Found on VeryWell

Deep breathing is an essential part of Pilates exercise. And not just a big inhale, but also when you make a conscious effort to exhale fully, getting rid of every bit of stale air and allowing fresh, invigorating air to rush in. Joseph Pilates was adamant about deep breathing. Consider this quote from his book Return to Life Through Contrology: “Lazy breathing converts the lungs, literally and figuratively speaking, into a cemetery for the deposition of diseased, dying and dead germs as well as supplying an ideal haven for the multiplication of other harmful germs.” Is […]

Why You — Yes, You — and Everyone Else Need to Be Doing Pilates

Article by Dominique Astorino | Found on Popsugar.com

There are so many workouts we love, but one in particular offers a bevy of benefits that are absolutely invaluable: Pilates. Honestly, everyone can benefit from doing it, and we’re not exaggerating. Addicted to group fitness? This needs to be part of your routine. Never had a personal training session? Get to a Pilates studio. Injury? Jump on that reformer.

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5 Ways Pilates Can Help Your Brain

5 Ways Pilates Can Help Your Brain

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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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How Pilates Works to Get You in Great Shape

Article by Marguerite Ogle | Found on VeryWell

To get in shape with Pilates is to take responsibility for your total health. Far from just physical fitness, the Pilates system was defined by its founder Joseph Pilates, a complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Yes, you can expect tone, strength, flexibility and flat abs of course. You can even lose weight with Pilates but the primary goal and intention of the method is much bigger.

 Before you jump into a class or one on one training session, you should understand some of the underlying concepts and principles of Pilates. ​

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What Are the Benefits of Pilates Reformer Exercise?

BY  ANDREA CESPEDES | Featured on LiveStrong

You’d probably recognize the Pilates reformer even if you’ve never used one. It’s a hulking machine that consists of a sliding carriage rigged with springs, bars and straps. On this apparatus, you lie, kneel, stand and sit to create a balanced body and strong core — or “powerhouse,” as creator Joseph Pilates called it.

The reformer may look like another fitness fad, but it’s endured since the early 1900s, when Pilates first cobbled a version together for bedridden patients to exercise, despite their illnesses. The reformer kicks up the positives a […]