12.19.07 - 05:40pm
Though Mari Winsor (founder of Winsor Pilates) teaches this workout DVD, she does not demonstrate the exercises - Mari has several pilates students demonstrate the workout that she gives. This workout is very quick and at an advanced level. There is not as much time spent on principles and breathing.
My Favorite thing: [...]
12.19.07 - 05:37pm
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 [...]
12.19.07 - 05:34pm
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 [...]
12.19.07 - 05:30pm
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 [...]
11.04.07 - 10:58pm
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 [...]
09.08.07 - 07:23pm
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 [...]
08.05.07 - 01:30am
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 [...]
07.29.07 - 04:02pm
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!
Trapezius (upper fibers)
Trapezius (lower fibers)
07.28.07 - 11:50pm
These muscles are comprised of four muscles:
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 [...]
07.23.07 - 01:30am
Some of my clients get muscle cramps (particularly in the calf and foot), and it really kills them when doing the footwork series on the reformer. Our feet do have twenty something muscles and it doesn’t surprise me that the feet might tend to grip initially when learning such an exercise.
With everyone so busy [...]