Double Straight Leg…

Before we continue to practice what we preached in our last post, keeping our legs straight and extended, here’s a kind reminder if you are learning Pilates from our posts that this can cary some risks if you haven’t trained at a studio before. In addition to reading these notes you should attend some certified mat Pilates sessions; this will help …

More of a balance…

One leg circle is one of the best pilates exercises for testing your core strength. The abs need to work hard to keep the shoulders and pelvis stable, despite the movement of the leg in the hip socket. One leg circle also tones and stretches the thighs. This is a focus exercise meaning, work the abdominals while keeping the Pilates principles of centering, …

Roll up! Roll up!

Next on the list in our classical Pilates repertoire, to follow The Hundred (hardCORE warm up), is ‘The Full Roll Up’ (or Half Roll Down for beginner mat). This exercise is designed to strengthen the abdominals through a full range of movement and also stretch the lower back. It seems like it would be an easy exercise, however, for many individuals they …