Wobbly Gait? Not If You Properly Stabilize The Hip

lower body Dec 05, 2015

Lifting the leg from a belly down position is a fantastic movement to strengthen the deep hip rotator muscles. These muscles should stabilize the hip joint but in most of us, these muscles are weak. Weak butt muscles often contribute to problems with the knees and to overly tight QL muscles....

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Why Pain Can Sometimes Be a Good Thing

training strategy Dec 05, 2015

Imagine your hand got zapped with a tiny electric shock each time you were about to pay with your credit card, even though you don’t have the money to pay it off right away. Some of us might be okay with that, right? What if it would zap you whether you’re paying for your groceries -...

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When Screwing Up is a Great Idea

training strategy Dec 05, 2015

I bet you have worked out to a workout video before. Of you have gone to a group exercise class. You might have even done a lot of that. You put in all these hours of hard work, but for some reason your back is still bothering you. Or your neck actually got worse and felt tighter after a few of...

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What Core Stability Really Means

core Dec 05, 2015
 

Okay, I'll be honest, one of the most frustrating things with the Pilates method is, that it's not easy to do. As an instructor and studio owner, admitting this gives me goose bumps, because I know the classroom can intimidate people.

I recently used the following metaphor in class to explain...

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The Secret To Better Abdominal Workouts - Revealed

core Dec 05, 2015
 

Today I would like to tell you about a few really important things to watch out for when doing abdominal work. Whether your choice of practice is Pilates, yoga or any other style of exercise, each time you are doing abdominal work on the floor, the concepts that I'm about to show you are crucial...

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Strong Legs - The Secret To Better Balance

lower body Dec 05, 2015
 

Have you ever considered that the lack of strength in your legs is what's ruining your balance? Our legs consist of a lot more muscles than just your quads and hamstrings. There are 20 different muscles in your foot alone, and plenty more up the lower leg and thigh all the way to your butt and...

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Stand On Your Own Two Feet

lower body Dec 05, 2015

Have you ever paid attention to the way you're standing while waiting for the subway to arrive or the dog to finish sniffing the yard? If you have, then you've noticed that most of us carry our body weight more on one foot than the other. We repetitively stand (in my case) on the left leg, and...

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Release Tense Shoulders (With A Standing Roll Down)

upper body Dec 05, 2015
 

The most common complaint from people I'm working with is that their shoulders are extremely tense. This is often due to many hours of computer work, and rounded shoulders. However, bad posture (standing, walking, exercising, driving), is a main contributor of tension in the shoulders....

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Osteoporosis Safe Abdominal Exercises

core Dec 05, 2015

Receiving a diagnosis of osteoporosis can be frightening, but there is a great deal that you can do to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Osteoporosis is a condition of bone density loss leading to frailty of the bones themselves. This places the individual at greater risk for fractures...

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5 Quick Tips for Better Feet

lower body Dec 05, 2015

Have you ever worked out your feet? I know it seems like a waist of time and completely unnecessary at first. I have to be honest, I sometimes hesitate to spend a lot of time on the feet in my classes, because I know that it's not a sexy subject. Nowhere near six-packs abs and a tight bum.

But...

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