The Diagonal Stretch That Helps Relieve Lower Back Tightness By Lengthening Your QL

core running spine Apr 23, 2016
 

The QL muscle (Quadratus Lumborum) connects the back side of the pelvis with the rib cage on each side of your spine. It often acts as the compensatory muscle to the oblique and can get very tight after a long run.   Additionally, there are a lot of other muscle attachments at the base...

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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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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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One Stop Shop for a Skinny Waist

core Dec 05, 2015

Favorite exercise alert! Okay, I admit it, I have a lot of favorite exercises. But for good reason! They feel gooooood, they energize me and they make me stop hurting (yes, I have tight muscles, too). Today's favorite exercise is called: Twisted Plank. I made that up. Since I'm not very creative...

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150 Second Ab Makeover

core Dec 05, 2015

This 150 Second Ab Makeover is a quick but very powerful series of six core strengthening exercises with the inevitable side effect of flat abs!

Every new student at Concord Pilates receives a handout of this 150 Second Ab Makeover and I'm going to show you some of the exercises to all of you...

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Have You Been Cheating in Your Core Exercises!?

core spine Nov 29, 2015

Did you know that most people cheat themselves during their abdominal workout? One of the most important things is to keep a neutral spine. What's that, you ask? Let me help you find it. So, let's lie down on our backs.

When you are laying flat on your back, there should be four points of the...

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