I talked to InsideHook about gym etiquette from the perspective of a runner and Pilates instructor. Did we miss any tips? What's your gym pet peeve? Read the story here.
This week I'm demoing Teaser III, where you move your upper and lower body simultaneously. This exercise is a culmination of all the facets of Pilates. Find it on YouTube! You can find weeks 1-3 on my YouTube page or in this post from last week.
The Pilates teaser is one of my favorite moves, because it really puts all the pieces together into one beautiful exercise. It targets all your powerhouse muscles, including your abdominals, spinal extensors, and hip flexors. It is a challenging move, and there are three variations of Teaser — moving just your arms (teaser I), moving... Continue Reading →
I created this functional core workout for a New Balance Louisville workshop series. It takes Pilates principles and movements and brings them into a routine that will make you a better, stronger runner! Watch the video demo here — sorry, not the world's best video! You can also view my presentation notes here.
Ah, the humble foam roller. It can soothe tight calves and hamstrings, of course, but it is capable of so much more. Your foam roller is just waiting for your core to give it a chance! In my latest article for Salty Running , I share a few exercises that will challenge your core and make... Continue Reading →
Teaser is one of the most quintessential Pilates exercises in my opinion. This one of the poses people immediately think of when they think of the method. It really tests the control of your powerhouse and is a great way to gauge your progress. It is a challenging exercise, but don't worry — there are... Continue Reading →
I love the double-leg stretch. This is the second exercise in the traditional ab series. Following the single-leg stretch, you can either flow right in to this exercise or, if you need a break, take a long stretch on the mat with your arms and legs reaching long. When you're ready — or from... Continue Reading →
This week, I’ll continue this series by starting the traditional “ab series.” I find the name a bit ironic since all of Pilates is focused on your core! The first exercise in this series in the Single-Leg Stretch, which transitions from Rolling Like a Ball in the classical mat sequence, but can also be flowed... Continue Reading →
It's only appropriate to start this weekly series with the first exercise in the traditional mat sequence: the Hundred. This exercise is focused on breathing and prepares the body for the exercises that follow. While this is considered a warm-up exercise for the mat sequence, for beginners this can be a challenging exercise in itself. This is... Continue Reading →