Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013
When Joe Pilates designed the original reformer back in 1923 it was raised off the floor so that his students could climb on and off easily and he could spot and correct their movements without having to bend over.
As innovators of the first portable, home reformer we were particularly mindful that the workout was easy, attainable and safe. Thus our reformer was equipped with bungee cords instead of springs for resistance and the reformer sat on the floor.
Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013Romana, Joe Pilates protégé and my teacher, used to tell the story that Joe needed a way to challenge the extremities of an injured dancer one day so he removed the metal rim of an old cognac keg, wrapped 2 sides with cloth and placed it between her feet while she was performing the Hundred. read more
Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013As a society we are educated to numb, hide, placate and medicate our pain. Despite pain being the warning that there is a problem that needs attention we have come to believe that it is unacceptable. read more
Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2013The most common question I get asked is to describe the right exercises for a particular malady. The thing that most people don't realize is that the reformer sequence has an order that was designed by Joe Pilates to remedy all maladies and build a correctly aligned and stronger body. read more
Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013When we first invented the Cardio Rebounder and I added it to my machine I began to realize that I may want a mat underneath it to save my cork tiled floor. It was then that we developed a mat that is long enough to comfortably fit under any AeroPilates Reformer. read more
Posted on Sunday, September 1, 2013
So often people worry that they are not performing the Pilates exercises correctly, at home, when they watch my DVD's or videos. I want to alleviate all concerns regarding this sensitive issue.
Just as most people work out at the gym alone, without a personal trainer, I am making it possible for you to work out, alone, at home. All my instructional DVDs and videos have been developed so that you can work along in real time. I emphasize the correct muscles, the correct breathing and the correct set-up without being confusing and intimidating. The benefits of working out regularly, on your own, far exceed what you would get if you chose to only work with a personal trainer and since the machine is a brilliant support structure, that prevents you from doing something wrong or hurting yourself, you can rest assured that while you may get additional subtle benefits from a trainer you are still truly getting an amazing and profound workout without one.read more
Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013The Hundred has long been considered the one exercise that Joseph Pilates was renowned for. Even though it engages almost all the muscles of your front and back, it is primarily a breathing exercise that warms up your whole body bringing fresh oxygen throughout while uniquely strengthening your abdominal muscles and expelling stale air. read more
Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2013Typically, when working out on exercise machines, we are taught that more resistance makes it harder to perform the movement. In AeroPilates this is not necessarily so. read more
Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Every fitness routine should function to increase mobility of the spine, strength of all the mobilizing muscles, range of motion of the joints, flexibility of your spine, postural improvement and oxygen uptake by the heart and lungs. In AeroPilates we uniquely attain all of those goals in a safe and fun routine that will totally change how you look feel and move.
When you think of improving how your body moves however, it is important to understand that your upper body is stabilized by your shoulder girdle, your lower body by your pelvic girdle and your core is the connection between the two. Your head sits on top and your spine runs uniformly, throughout.
In order to get the most out of your AeroPilates routine it is helpful to be mindful of some of the following rules of correct body placement to prevent injury and maximize results:read more
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013
Pilates is a system of movement, developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s, particularly to heal the injuries of dancers and entertainers who made fitness and wellness the foundation of their lives.
As a student of movement anatomy and a master of human mechanics, Joseph developed equipment and apparatus that miraculously supported the body in its weakness and yet challenged the body in its strength while reforming the way in which it learned to move.
Today, his equipment is made by only a few manufacturers who truly understand or care that the essential dimensions of his original machines and the specific movements that he developed are necessary in order to help your body become the long and lean, strong and supple “Pilates” body revered by athletes, dancers and celebrities around the world.
Together, Stamina and I pride ourselves in being one of the companies who have not only stayed true to Joe Pilates’ vision and teachings, but have designed all our machines with his important specifications in mind...read more
Posted on Sunday, June 9, 2013Most people at some point in their lives experience an episode of low back pain. Typically these episodes occur when least expected causing muscle spasm, nerve compression pain and immobility. read more
Posted on Saturday, June 8, 2013When Leonardo Da Vinci drew his picture of the Vetruvian man, he emphasized the magnificent beauty of our human proportions.
Posted on Sunday, May 26, 2013People ask me all the time how I maintain my tone, especially in my arms. With the extremely busy schedule I have, I still make certain to do at least 8 minutes of Pilates every day... read more
Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013
Most people have some kind of physical pain from years of exercising incorrectly. High impact aerobics and muscle isolating weight training have caused their bodies to break down.read more
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013Blood must be oxygenated in order to fill the cells with energy. We also know that breath enhances the benefits of exercise. Breathing is actually how we regulate our energy, and so it was taught by Joseph Pilates. read more
Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I recently read a great article by Dr. Karl Knopf who says all it takes for the average 50 something to stay fit is 30 minutes of walking three times a week, some regular stretching and lifting weights. At 50, I too recognize that I can no longer do all that I did when I was younger. My recently stress-fractured foot reminded me that my running days need to be limited and replaced with something gentler. AeroPilates to the rescue!read more
Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013Even though I have worked hard to teach you the correct alignment and form while performing AeroPilates from my DVDs, I want to share some helpful tips that will ensure the maximum benefit from your workout. read more
Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Meditation is merely the ability to quiet the mind long enough to listen to messages from our higher self and to be able to ignore the judgmental chatter that fills our brain much of the time. The most accessible way to achieve this state is to concentrate on the breath. By focusing on cool air filling your body and warm air leaving your body, you automatically relax every muscle and turn off your conscious mind.read more
Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013
Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013
The Elephant Series was so named such by Joseph Pilates because when you are standing on the platform with your hands on the foot bar and your head is relaxed, the line of your spine looks like an elephant's trunk!
Because there is a natural flow from the Knee Stretch Series into the Elephant Series and then into the Downstretch Series I am going to write about all of these exercises as best I can, to share their benefits and their common missing links.read more
Posted on Monday, January 28, 2013Good health requires a strong Body, a strong Mind and a strong Spirit. When all three are in harmony and balance, we are able to feel and look great. We essentially make a contract with Spirit, at birth, to take care of the Body we are given, in order to fulfill our human roles during this lifetime. read more
Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The Integrated Level I workout routine is an exercise regimen designed to be used in conjunction with the weight loss portion of the lighterliving ™ Weight Management System, available at lighterliving ™ and assumes that participants have an AeroPilates Performer and the accompanying exercise videos. For maximum weight loss benefit, use Level I for 30 minutes, 5x a week for 30 days, before moving to Level II.read more
Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2012
Whenever you begin an AeroPilates exercise it is important to place your body in the correct position. Always aim for a neutral spine,it is the natural position of the spine and includes a strong lumbar curve. Most people have a flattened lower back that has lost its natural lumbar curve and, additionally, have weak abdominal muscles. This combination eventually causes the head to fall forward and the neck and back to ache.read more
Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012
AeroPilates is the smart and intelligent way to retrain your body, mind and soul. It is an all encompassing method of Pilates that focuses on the whole body. Primarily, it is concerned with developing correct posture and efficient movement patterns.
Since no clinical studies have ever been performed on a reformer we decided to put our AeroPilates system to the test.
The goal of the study was to thoroughly examine AeroPilates, an exercise program that combines Pilates Strength Training with supine Cardio Rebounding; which can be accomplished by a majority of people, and to determine whether there are significant fitness and weight loss effects.
Pilates is renowned for its unique multiple plane movements and is well touted for the wide array of benefits it provides including Improved Strength, Mobility, Endurance, Flexibility, Core Stability, Proprioception, Control and Coordination as well as Mind/ Body Stress reduction. It has long been used for rehabilitation and is typically performed on a reformer or on a mat on the floor.
I have prepared a short summary of our findings but if you care to read an in depth discussion of the study performed by Neil Wolkodoff, PhD, Sue Peterson and Jeff Miller, PhD. Click here to read the study.read more
Posted on Monday, October 1, 2012In Pilates we strengthen the arms, back and chest by pulling on straps that originate from the back of the machine. If we are sitting facing the foot bar the resistance comes from behind us, if we are sitting facing the back of the machine the resistance originates in front of us and if we are facing one or other side the resistance origination is different again. read more
Posted on Sunday, June 24, 2012
In 1968, Dr. Kenneth Cooper was the first to write the book "Aerobics", in which he explained how energy expenditure could be scientifically measured. Suddenly there was a way to control weight by measuring calories ingested versus calories expended. The world of fitness was later caught up in the Jane Fonda era, consumed by the adage "no pain no gain". "You must work hard, sweat hard and get sore" exhorted Fonda on her 1981 "Workout" video.
Suddenly men and women flooded to the gym in an effort to become strong, fit, slim and healthy. Consumerism quickly followed. It began with specialized running shoes and when Nike was asked why they endorsed the concept of "target zone" energy expenditure, they answered "it sells shoes"! The fitness clothing manufacturers followed with trendy, comfortable workout gear and the diet industry with protein bars and weight loss shakes. Today, however, most of us in our forties and fifties are still suffering some irreparable damage after all those years of high-impact and mindless exercise!
Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012I wrack my brain daily to find a unique and more succinct way to explain how AeroPilates is superior to other methods of exercising. read more
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Did you know that 30 % of postmenopausal Caucasian women have osteoporosis and by the time they are 80 70 % will have the disease?
There are many safe ways to help prevent this inevitable bone loss. Dietarily be sure to get at least 1000 units of Vitamin D but most important is weight-bearing exercise.
Amazingly, AeroPilates is a safe and gentle weight bearing routine that may help to keep your bones strong while it improves your metabolism, and builds longer, leaner and stronger muscles.
Posted on Wednesday, December 8, 2010People everywhere are intrigued by the genesis of the Pilates Movement. I have never written an excerpt on its history, so decided this month to share with you how it all began. read more
Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010So many of you ask me which machine to buy and what to do after mastering the basic workout that comes with the machine. Here is a simple breakdown that will simplify your concerns. read more
Posted on Saturday, May 15, 2010
As you all know I spend so much time on the road traveling and thus often feel the frustration of not being able to get on my AeroPilates performer to stretch out and realign my weary body.
Over the years I have developed my own portable kit: a tennis ball to work through tight trigger points, my Back Magic to workout the knots and spasms in my poor lower back, from long spurts of sitting, a stretch band or two and a series of floor movements that keep my arms strong and my body toned.read more
Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2009
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You know that my passion about the miracles of a regular Pilates reformer routine is endless because it truly does everything one needs, that as Joe used to say, "is good for the body, mind and soul".read more
Posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2006Pilates on one of my machines is like the wake-up call that says, "no, don't do it that way...do it like this instead." It is the re-programming of old patterns and the relearning of new ways to move, employing the correct muscles and reducing the burden on the others. read more