The most important repetition…
Which is the most important repetition? The first? The last?
Well, I guess the perfect answer is: All of them are equally important. However, this month I want to discuss the one that everyone dismisses. Perhaps the most important…especially this time of year….
The Last Repetition. The Final Repetition.
Yes. That final repetition in your set. You do eight, sometimes ten repetitions. What happens to that final repetition? Often times…it fades off into nothing-ness.. It gets lost like the end of a sentence. Does anyone care about The Final Repetition?
Perhaps after this article you will!
Repetition Number One
The first repetition of an exercise sets the stage. As an instructor I will see what you have taken from previous sessions, previous exercises of the day, previous cues.
It’s the starting zone that lays the groundwork for all other repetitions of that exercise.
Repetition Number Two
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If my clients are not executing what I’m looking…
Most people are now familiar with Pilates as the market has matured..though it is still is one of the fastest growing exercises.
Many have experienced the physical fitness benefits of Pilates – added strength, length, and agility that it provides. But few know that Pilates is rapidly rising in another area – rehabilitation from injury.
The Culprit: Muscle Imbalances
Some of my clients have experienced injuries this Fall not due to muscular imbalances (though we all have some imbalances…) but rather due to things out of their control ..aka car accident and or swing accident (yes! swings can be dangerous whilst holding your small daughter on your lap with your feet crossed)!
Though for the purposes of this article…. many injuries are caused by muscular imbalances within our bodies. And many things cause these imbalances – our posture, the way we walk, bend over, sit, lie down, or work out – basically the…
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Many studios have a lot of mirrors…mine does not and here’s why…your pilates class or experience will be very different if you’re looking at yourself in the mirror versus coming inside and listening to the cues your instructor is providing either to re-align you or to just move you!
If there is a mirror in a studio – in a pilates, yoga or spin class….I will admit aside from seeing my posture/alignment …I will be looking at my roots! I DO understand why instructors of large groups really do love the mirrors as you can have clients quickly assess where they are in space; this is called Proprioception!
However, there are those instructors who have mirrors available to them that choose not to use them…an example…some of my yoga class instructors choose to turn us all away from the mirrors and not use them…..instead verbally cueing alignment.
I personally find…
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Fall is the perfect time to start a pilates or yoga sadhana.
Sadhana, a traditional yoga practise whereby one “endeavors to obtain a particular result”…. as in a daily
or weekly yoga or pilates practise.
When the seasons change, the kids are back in school, and Fall settles in, it is a perfect opportunity to create a sadhana.
The first stage of sadhana is to choose a practise. Then you choose a time commitment for your practice such as 90 days along with specific times. You may come to pilates every Tuesday at 9:15am and yoga every Friday at 9:30am, or you may meditate and journal every morning at 6:00am.
Many of you already come to classes, however it is the intention of choosing to be there every Tuesday or every morning….that makes it a sadhana.
You make your choice, and it becomes part of your schedule, a routine and…
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Summer is a time of hiking, biking, gardening, beach-time and many fun outdoor activities. These activities all require long, flexible and strong core stabilizing muscles that we hone through our pilates . yoga practices.
Summer-time pilates balances these additional
activities listed above so we can continue to enjoy
them through the summer season.
Minimize low back pain through stabilized postural alignment and support.
Many activities can cause sore low backs, or injury through over-flexing the spine without support!
Supportive posture for summer activities requires stability of your spine and pelvis prior to movement. What we learn in class applies to biking, hiking, gardening ….finding a neutral spine with our ascending contractions of the pelvic floor will support our activities!
Before you round your back, squat and hinge from your hips with pelvic floor engagement in a neutral spine!
Biomechanical Principles of Pilates –
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Breathing Diaphragmatic breathing (a.k.a. “belly breath”) with the ascending Pelvic…