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Beginning Mat Workout with Ana Caban

Ana Caban’s Beginning Mat workout DVD is clearly divided into three sections: A 10 minute intro, pilates exercises, and an energy boost section. The introduction provides information about what effects pilates has on the body, pilates principles, common terms heard throughout a pilates workout, and what you need in a workout. The energy [...]

Stott Pilates Intermediate Matwork with Moira Stott-Merrithew

The Stott Pilates Intermediate DVD takes first place for its clarity and ability to teach via video, instead of being merely a follow-along session. Going without an elaborate backdrop and setting, the focus is on making sure viewers understand the pilates basic principles and how to integrate them into each and every pilates exercise.
The proper [...]

Pilates Workout for Dummies with Michelle Dozois

I was pleasantly surprised with the Pilates workout for Dummies DVD video. This video is clearly organized and has a beginning section dedicated specifically to principles. In this video the backdrop is minimal and Michelle Dozois speaks slowly to allow for a beginner level student to keep up with her.
My favorite part: There [...]

8 Pilates Myths and Truths

Move over Step Aerobics and Atkins Diet - pilates is taking over the limelight. Pilates has gained a lot of attention -and hype - in the last few years but…isn’t it the same thing as yoga? Why has pilates caught on and does it have staying power?
Here are eight common beliefs about pilates, some [...]

Pilates Exercise and Weight Loss

If you’re JUST looking to lose weight - pilates is NOT the most efficient method. Pilates is a unique form of exercise that has many benefits. These benefits are most efficiently achieved by practicing pilates. Weight loss is not one of these “most efficient” benefits.
Pilates is unique in that it changes your body [...]

Anatomy of the Body For Pilates

Pilates and Anatomy
Your body has muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and nerves which work together to create movement in pilates. It is wise to have some understanding of anatomy, or at least have something to reference, to help you move in the most efficient way.
I even go to my anatomy book when I have something that [...]

Muscle Groups for Pilates

Understanding Muscles Groups and their Actions
Need help understanding which muscles do which actions? Here is a list of muscle groups and actions with the corresponding muscles!
Scapula Elevators
 

Trapezius (upper fibers)
Rhomboid major
Rhomboid minor
Levator Scapula

Scapula Depressors

Trapezius (lower fibers)
Serratus anterior
Pectoralis minor

Shoulder Flexors

Deltoid
Pectoralis major
Biceps brachii
Coracobrachialis

Shoulder Extensors

Deltoid
Latissimus dorsi
Teres major
Infraspinatus
Teres minor
Pectoralis major
Triceps brachii

Elbow Flexors

Biceps brachii
Brachialis
Brachioradialis
Pronator teres

Elbow Extensors

Triceps brachii
Anconeus

Spinal Flexors

Rectus abdominis
External [...]

Pilates Words, Terms, and Glossary

Abdominal Muscles:
These muscles are comprised of four muscles:

rectus abdominis
external oblique
internal oblique
transverse abdominis

Together these muscles form a girdle spanning from the front of the torso to the back, up into the ribs and down into the pelvis. This abdominal wall not only helps to stabilize the abdominal region, but also the whole body.
The deepest layer [...]

Pilates Ring and Magic Circle Recommendations

A pilates ring is a great and versatile resistance tool to add to your pilates exercises. Use them to tone arms and challenge core stability.
There are only a couple of differences to look out for when purchasing pilates rings.

Pilates Ring and Magic Circle Differences
Pilates rings, like most other forms of resistance in fitness, have different [...]

Pilates Ball Recommendation

Pilates balls are a great challenge and if you’re looking for a total body workout… well here it is, in all of its round glory. Thank goodness we aren’t what we exercise (round and stout.)
What to Know When Buying a Pilates Ball
There is one thing you need to know when ordering a pilates stability [...]

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