Ballet Pilates Fusion

Ballet Pilates Fusion

This DVD has such a nice mix of Pilates and ballet that it made me miss my days in ballet class. I have thought about taking a ballet class for years and this DVD gave me the ballet discipline I was wanting. Bernadette Giorgi, who developed the Just b Method, puts her varied background to good use as she mixes the three disciplines of ballet, Pilates and small hand weights for a fun and challenging method of conditioning. There is a modern ballet rhythmic warm-up, a Pilates-inspired mat workout with 2lb weights and a standing ballet and Pilates fusion using a band for added resistance. Anyone with a background in dance would enjoy the fusion of ballet barre work, Pilates and added resistance. It is a nice combination for... Continue ...

Posted on October 28, 2008 By

The Art of Cueing – Oh, Those Words

The Art of Cueing – Oh, Those Words

Consider the awesome power of words. Just to begin the discussion, think of the many meanings of words. The same word can have many meanings and be interpreted in lots of ways. The word “position”, for example, can refer to the arrangement of your body in space, your job description, or a situation you find yourself in due to circumstances. Words have different connotations that leave them open to miscommunications. They may imply, hint, and suggest with subtle changes in meaning. Most importantly, words have power. They are the means of effective communication and make an incredible difference in the success of a trainer. Think again of the word “position”. Consider it as the frame of reference for your client that... Continue ...

Posted on October 21, 2008 By

Pilates for Athletic Conditioning

Pilates for Athletic Conditioning

It’s no secret that many celebrities are turning to Pilates for that intimate mind-body connection. But did you know that top-dollar athletes do Pilates too? It’s true! Professionals such as golfers Tiger Woods, David Duval, and Steve Ballesteros, basketball star Jason Kidd, pitcher Curt Schilling, pro hockey player Carlo Colaiacovo, and offensive lineman Ruben Brown among others are turning to this alternate form of exercise for rehabilitation purposes and prevention of sports injuries – and as a result, they’re more agile on the field, flexible on the court, and staying away from the bench more often! “Pilates helps athletes develop core strength, increase flexibility, assist in rehabilitation after injury... Continue ...

Posted on October 16, 2008 By

The Pilates Community Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Pilates Community Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Our industry is doing so much good this October for National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Many organizations and studios are offering programs and donating money to support Breast Cancer research. Peak Pilates sets a good example by donating $1 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation for every person that signs up to their community website. We at Pilates Digest have decided to follow their lead and donate $1 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation for every new subscriber we get for our newsletter in October, so spread the word! STOTT PILATES® is offering 20% off all Breast Cancer Rehab DVD titles and Pink Toning Balls (while supplies last). They are also donating $2 from each sale of breast cancer products... Continue ...

Posted on October 14, 2008 By

Serratus Exercise Video

Serratus Exercise Video

This video illustrates the serratus exercise on the foam roller. The serratus exercise on the foam roller targets the back extensors, the serratus to maintain scapular stabilization, transversus abdominus, rectus abdominus and obliques. Focus on pulling elbows toward ribcage, preventing overextension of the thoracic and lumbar spine. 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 and consult your doctor immediately. AKPC_IDS += "194,"; Continue ...

Posted on October 7, 2008 By