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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 [...]

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