Gliding into Pilates

Gliding into Pilates

Pilates professionals as well as fitness instructors are always searching for new ways to expand their repertoire for clients. One of the more recent tools on the market to help instructors add spice and challenge to their workouts is called Gliding Discs. Developed by Mindy Mylrea, these Gliding™ discs are finding their way into many fitness centers and Pilates Studios across the nation. In the DVD that accompanies the discs, Total Body Basics, Mindy takes Maureen Hagen and Jeff Howard through an intense full body workout. It features exercises in which the Gliding discs are used for both strength and stability work for the upper and lower body. In this particular DVD, the standing lower body segment features back and... Continue ...

Posted on July 30, 2008 By

Interview with Lindsay and Moira Merrithew

Interview with Lindsay and Moira Merrithew

Lindsay and Moira Merrithew have been positively influencing the Pilates industry for over 20 years since founding STOTT PILATES®. Their passion and energy for this amazing form of exercise continues on a journey to make it more accessible and mainstream. They both agree that there is still a lot of awareness needed for Pilates. They have truly taken Pilates to all aspects of the community through their many programs. There are 210 STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainers, 55 Licensed Training Centers and 17,000 trained instructors world-wide. Not only have they created a Professional Series of DVDs, but they also have an At Home series included in their collection of over 120 titles. STOTT PILATES attends 35 trade shows each year,... Continue ...

Posted on July 23, 2008 By

Pilates for Power in Your Golf Game

Pilates for Power in Your Golf Game

Golfers are a unique breed of athlete. Many go straight from their car to the driving range or the first tee box without any thought about the condition of their bodies. Are they warmed up, are they tight, did they stretch out and get prepared for the work that lies ahead? In most cases the answer is no. This is because they don’t view golf as an athletic pursuit or understand the affect their bodies can have on their games. Well, golf is definitely an athletic endeavor and building muscle and strength in the lower body can help prepare golfers for the rigors of the game. Adding a few extra yards to their drives wouldn’t hurt either. Power in the golf swing is created in a couple different ways. Number one is the golfer’s... Continue ...

Posted on July 16, 2008 By

Pilates Single Leg Stretch Exercise Video

Pilates Single Leg Stretch Exercise Video

This video illustrates the Single Leg Stretch exercise. It targets the transversus abdominus, rectus abdominus, obliques, scapular stabilizers and hip stabilizers. Focus on maintaining an abdominal brace to keep legs lifted and moving without allowing the lumbar spine to extend (should remain neutral or in imprint). Maintain contraction of the obliques to keep the pelvis from rotating as the legs move, and keep the shoulders stabilized. If you feel strain in your neck, support the head with your hands or release the head to the floor. As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any exercise program. If you should experience any pain or discomfort, please discontinue the exercise... Continue ...

Posted on July 10, 2008 By

Hit the Pilates Books

Hit the Pilates Books

We are mid-year 2008 and planning our continuing education for the rest of the year. There are many educational opportunities still to come this year, so get your calendars out and prepare to expand your horizons! John Garey Summer School Special Become Stott Pilates® Fully Certified this Summer Starts July 7 Liz Koch Psoas Workshops and Retreats Summer TeleClass Starts July 8 2008 IDEA World Fitness Convention July 8-12, 2008 Las Vegas Hilton Las Vegas, Nevada DCAC Fitness Convention July 30- Aug 3, 2008 Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Alexandria, Virginia Gyrokinesis Pre-Training with Victoria Limadibrata July 18-20 and 25-27, 2008 La Verne, CA Contact: Victoria Limadibrata at 562-607-8599 or email integratedmovt@aol.com $550... Continue ...

Posted on July 2, 2008 By