Hyper-mobility and Pilates

You may have heard your Pilates instructor call you ‘hyper-mobile’ and you may have been advised to perform an exercise with slight modification. So, what exactly is hyper-mobility, what are the negatives, and how can it be helped? ‘Hyper-mobility is a condition in which a person has an excessive range of movement that goes beyond what would be considered normal; in …

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 …