Balancing Pilates with your Commitments

Balancing Pilates with your Commitments

Amanda and her family I am one of the many, many Pilates Instructors who teach because I love the Method, not because it earns me a living.  To do that, I have a full-time job.  In addition, I have two children under the age of two.  Because teaching Pilates is such a personal choice, not often looked at as a “job,” Pilates Instructors must constantly search for ways to better balance their many commitments. Here are some tips that I, and other teachers I know who wear multiple hats, have found to work: Organization: Whether you have a paper planner or you use an electronic system, you MUST know where you are supposed to be and when, and with whom. I use an iPhone and have all of my classes and private lessons... Continue ...

Posted on October 6, 2009 By

Pilates DVD – Jennifer Kries Master Trainer Series

Pilates DVD – Jennifer Kries Master Trainer Series

This collection of Pilates DVDs is the work of well known presenter and teacher trainer, Jennifer Kries. The series offers 5 DVDs; 4 of which address the different Pilates apparatus (Reformer, Chair, Cadillac, and Ladder Barrel) and the fifth which addresses Pilates mat work. Kries is a second generation instructor and teacher trainer and has studied with Romana Kryzanowska, Ron Fletcher and Eve Gentry. She has vast experience in dance, yoga and exercise and she is the owner/founder of the Hot Body Cool Mind studio in the Philadelphia area.  Kries is a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor and has studied other yoga disciplines as well. She has several other DVD titles as well some of which blend yoga, Pilates and other mind-body... Continue ...

Posted on August 28, 2009 By

Pilates and the Economy

Pilates and the Economy

The talk of the slow economy isn’t leaving anytime soon.  The news has covered it for over a year and we now know it is going to take a lot more time to recover.  It is hard to be positive with the news surrounding businesses these days, but what do you do?  In order for your business to hang on through this long downturn, you have to be hopeful.  You can’t let the worry consume your energy.  It will get better…it will take time…so right now you have to get out there and control what you can. A recent article in the April 2009 issue of Entrepreneur magazine explains that you have to take personal control to feel in charge of your destiny.  During these uncertain times, your perspective on what is going on in... Continue ...

Posted on April 7, 2009 By

Pilates workout with the X-iser Machine™

Pilates workout with the X-iser Machine™

Wouldn’t you like to have the ability to add cardiovascular work to your Pilates classes without foregoing the Pilates workout? Here is a way to add cardio work while complementing the Pilates workout in addition to helping clients feel better, increase their endurance, burn more fat and save time? The X-iser Machine™ is a stepping device used for an exercise protocol called Sprint Interval Training (SIT). This method of exercise can help you and your clients accomplish all of the benefits listed above and more! X-iser Machine™, offered through Corrective Wellness, is a stepper that can be used to build both upper and lower body strength and endurance while saving you valuable time. The machine was used in a study conducted... Continue ...

Posted on March 17, 2009 By

Leg Pull Front Pilates Exercise Video

Leg Pull Front Pilates Exercise Video

This video illustrates the Leg Pull Front Pilates exercise. This is a great exercise for scapular and hip stabilization. It is an intense exercise that is good for athletes or your advanced client. Leg Pull Front targets the transversus abdominis, rectus abdominis, obliques to prevent rotation, hip extensors, pectorals and the scapula stabilizers. Focus on keeping the pelvis still, and avoid rotating, sinking or lifting the hips. Stay wide across the shoulders and work to stabilize the scapulae, keeping tension out of the neck and shoulders. Keep the cervical spine neutral, without extending or dropping the head. Modifications include starting with the Leg Pull Front prep, with both knees on the floor. Lift both knees... Continue ...

Posted on November 6, 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

Pilates Spine Stretch Forward Exercise Video

Pilates Spine Stretch Forward Exercise Video

This video illustrates the Spine Stretch Forward exercise. This exercise is very good for articulation of the spine. Spine Stretch Forward targets the transversus abdominis, rectus abdominis and obliques to flex forward, and the erector spinae to extend the spine as you return to a long, neutral spine. Focus on articulating the spine and keeping the transversus abdominis engaged throughout the exercise. Keep the chin away from the chest and keep the pelvis vertical. You want to feel as if you are rounding over a ball, not lying over your legs. Modifications include sitting on a pad to release tightness in hamstrings, low back or hip flexors. Sit against a wall to better feel the articulation as you peel off the wall... Continue ...

Posted on September 2, 2008 By

Pilates In Paradise?

Pilates In Paradise?

I have what many people would consider to be an ideal job. I do what I love (teaching Pilates, of course) on a small luxurious private island resort in the Caribbean. My husband also works here, and they provide us and our dog with housing, meals at the staff canteen, and periodic parties, drinks, and intra-mural sports. We also have access to the beach and, when available, water sport equipment (kiteboards, kayaks, etc). I work with guests from all over the world, including royalty, socialites, captains of industry, and even the occasional celebrity. I love my job. I am well compensated, work fewer hours overall than when I owned my own studio in the US, and see an interesting mix of clients in both complementary group classes... Continue ...

Posted on August 11, 2008 By

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