Pilates during Pregnancy

Pilates during Pregnancy

One question I get asked all the time by women who are pregnant is: “Is Pilates safe to do?” And my response is: “If you’re doing it correctly and there’s no medical reason why you shouldn’t be exercising, then Pilates is probably one of the safest and most effective forms of exercise you could possibly do while you’re pregnant.” Here are just a few of the benefits of Pilates during pregnancy. Pilates exercises are purposefully designed, to: re-align your posture tighten your tummy muscles strengthen your pelvic floor diminish back ache challenge your balance tone your arms, legs and bum keep your cortisol (stress hormones) levels in check eliminate sciatica help reduce water retention produce results ease... Continue ...

Posted on January 27, 2009 By

Kathy Corey of West Coast Pilates

Kathy Corey of West Coast Pilates

It’s been nearly 30 years since Kathy Corey founded West Coast Pilates and made the leap from fitness trainer and journalist to Pilates instructor, educator and innovator. Whether she is training students, instructors, doctors or university professors, Kathy’s unique methodology of teaching Pilates is world-renowned. Kathy began her career with Pilates as a determined writer would – with in-depth study, many interviews and hands-on practice of the Method itself. What differentiated Kathy from others was her opportunity to do all this work with the original Master Teachers who taught with Joseph and Clara Pilates in their New York studio. As the Publicity Director and feature writer for the Institute for the Pilates... Continue ...

Posted on January 19, 2009 By

Year in Review: 2008 and the Future

Year in Review: 2008 and the Future

Happy New Year to the entire Pilates Digest community!  We are looking forward to an exciting year at Pilates Digest.  Since our launch in 2008, we have had an unbelievable response from our subscribers and contributors. Popular Pilates Articles from 2008 If you are just joining us and you missed 2008, here are some of the most popular articles from last year: Pilates Equipment Foam Roller Fun Pilates and Running Three Simple Exercises for a Better Golf Game Principles of Pilates Pilates for Power in your Golf Game Looking Forward to 2009 We want to hear from you this year.  What was your favorite conference of 2008 and why?  Did you find a workshop that was unbelievable?  Post either events for free in our new Conference... Continue ...

Posted on January 13, 2009 By

Pilates Mat Program for Osteoporosis Clients

Pilates Mat Program for Osteoporosis Clients

Pilates Digest launches the first in a series of specialized programs for Pilates clients and instructors. Pilates Mat Program for Osteoporosis Clients is an information-filled program that actually addresses osteoporosis, the risk factors, what exercises are contraindicated for this condition and gives you a series of mat exercises to do with your clients. The author, Beth Begelman has been working in the fitness industry for over 10 years. She started as an aerobics instructor and went on to obtain training and certifications in personal training, mat Pilates, Pilates apparatus, yoga and golf specific fitness. Beth is certified as a Pilates apparatus instructor with the PhysicalMind Institute; her mat training was completed... Continue ...

Posted on January 8, 2009 By

Pilates Mat Exercises to Improve Torso Rotation for Golfers

Pilates Mat Exercises to Improve Torso Rotation for Golfers

Many consider golf to be a sport of choice for non-athletes. This really couldn’t be further from the truth. Golf requires a great deal of athleticism which requires both mental and physical strength. In regards to physical ability, a golfer must be well coordinated and strong as well as flexible in many areas to achieve a good, consistent swing. A key physical factor in the golf swing is the ability to rotate the upper body around a stable lower body and vice versa. The ability to do this well will enhance power production by increasing elastic energy, help keep the golf club on the proper swing plane and can also eliminate many different swing faults. So how do you know if your golfer can separate their upper and lower... Continue ...

Posted on January 6, 2009 By