Author: Stephanie Roberts

The Pilates “Shake” …friend or foe?!

The Pilates shake improves dynamic core stability

Pilates is designed to strengthen what is weak and lengthen what is tight. It is about posture, and core stabilizing muscles.

What does it mean though when you’re feeling that tremor or shaking in your abdominals when on the long or short box in round back flexion or in neutral alignment hinging back half way? Or when you’re on the 2nd side of standing side splits and your inner thighs are shaking? Is this uncontrollable shaking your friend or foe?!

Shaking Muscles are Fatiguing

Firstly, shaking muscles are fatiguing muscles. If you’ve reached/achieved the shaky point you’ve pushed your muscles to the limit…the shake is not necessarily a bad thing though within limits of course!   Whether you’re new to Pilates or seasoned, it’s inevitable you’ll experience the Pilates shake! And you should welcome it. In fact you should aim for the shake as it is the holy…

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Pain in the Neck?! Pilates trains for effective movement patterns

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Hips Up…Shoulders Back! 

There are many reasons to keep your shoulders on your back.  Even more reasons than the obvious:  Because they belong on your back…not on your front. 

Millions of people suffer from neck and shoulder tension. It can build up from poor posture, excessive sitting, poor movement patterns, over use, and general stress or anxiety.


The muscles around your shoulder blades and rib cage serve as a postural role for your upper body. Movement of the arms is also contingent on strong functioning of these shoulder blade muscles in conjunction with the rotator cuff muscles.


Through specific movement patterns, Pilates can teach you how to effectively use these muscles, thus reducing strain on the shoulder joint and rotator cuff, and your neck. And since Pilates emphasizes a whole-body focus, it will increase your awareness of how you use your neck muscles in relation to your shoulders and back, which further enhances your posture…

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To Crunch or Not to Crunch?!

Spring is upon us and soon enough we will all be dressing in fewer layers…

And along with the cardio, the weights, the yoga and the Pilates, many people will be doing a lot more ‘core’ work. If you don’t want to be sending out this message: “Attention: Due to recent setbacks, my summer beach body will be postponed another year.  As usual your patience is appreciated.”….then you will want to read on!

Crunches or sit-ups (aka Ab Prep /Chest Lift) are probably the most commonly known and practiced ‘core’ exercise but are traditional crunches a good exercise?

There are different views on this. Some love their crunches /sit-ups or ab prep/chest lift because they feel them!

Making the crunch more challenging by using a BOSU or  ball will intensify the abdominal feeling even more, however, they aren’t the most functional movement as we don’t wander around throughout our days in that position a…

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What will it be this New Year?  Intentions vs Resolutions

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This is the time of year many use as a jumping off point for resolutions, and though I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions, it is a time many of us hit the re-set button on various areas of our lives.

In my experience, New Years Resolutions are not only nearly always broken which then makes the failed resolver feel guilty, but they are usually guilt-inspired, too.  Guilt is not a good educator. Guilt does not inspire. Resolutions usually fail. If you’re the one person reading this who says “My resolutions don’t fail” then I applaud you! Go for it! But you are one of not-so-many.

A wise client said to me last week that they believe in “intentions” and I liked it! From both a Pilates  and Yoga perspective, setting intentions for your practise weekly or longer-term can be inspiring.

So on this “intentions” idea, I say forget the resolutions. Together we…

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