Pilates Tips from the Pros

  • Spine Stretch in the Reformer Well

    This has to be one of our favorite ways to teach the segmental articulation of the spine! Not only is this an incredibly supported posture to work in, but it just feels so wonderful. From the gentle pull of the springs to the contrast that it creates, it allows the clients to slow down and […]…

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  • Applying for a Job, Part 2: Resume & Reference Letters

    So you’ve visited the studio or studios where you think you might be interested in applying. You like the vibe. You like the people. Now it’s time to deliver a resume and reference materials. Personally, my eyes glaze over whenever I look at a resume. I can’t speak for all studio owners, but most of […]…

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  • Footwork

    One of the beautiful traits of the reformer is the limitless options it provides you and your clients. The springs play a huge part in this adaptable machine as they allows you to adjust tension and challenge the client as needed, even in the simplest exercises. The contrast between heavy and light springs is valuable […]…

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  • Fingertip Abdominals

    “Core work” has become a worldwide workout tagline. And although most people know they need it, few really know what “it” is, or how to achieve it. This quick and easy explanation of how the transverse abdominals work, along with very direct hands-on cueing, starts to unveil what it truly feels like to be connected […]…

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  • Osteoporosis: Single Leg Work on the Cadillac with a Stability Ball

    Coming up with variations and modifications for clients of special populations is an important part of being a successful Pilates instructor. With osteoporosis clients, and their need for limited spinal flexion, you need to think of ways to work the internal and external obliques in a nontraditional way. This exercise speaks to this need and […]…

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  • Supine Leg Slide

    Watch this video to learn how to read the body during movement. This exercise involves a very simple slide of the leg out and back in. Listen to the creative cueing to help the client stabilize the pelvis and spine as she moves her leg. Often, clients need very subtle cues to bring them into […]…

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  • Short Box Ab

    In this video we turn the classical Short Box on its head. This exercise is often not done very well, and there are good reasons for why. Learn tips to create better flexion and mobility in the lower spine. Your clients will thank you because they will finally be able to access the power of […]…

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  • We Want You!

    Our main goal with this site is to create a community of Pilates professionals to share ideas and experiences with.  Why?  Because we can’t even count the number of times that we had a Pilates question and no one to ask, or had an idea that we were dying to get feedback on.  Now — […]…

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  • Marie-José Blom’s “Simply Challenging”

    We consider ourselves incredibly lucky to be able to present Pilates legend Marie-José Blom’s first online workshop! If you know her work, then you’ll want to check this out ASAP!  If you don’t know her work, please let us introduce you. As Creator & President of the SmartSpine® Wellness System, Marie-José has more than twenty years […]…

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  • Pilates Dorks: Win $1,500 of Pilates Goodies!

    Pilates Dorks Have UNITED! Let’s celebrate by giving away $1,500! We’ve just launched a new contest with over $1,500 worth of Pilates goodies from FusionPilatesEDU.com, Fusion DVDs, SmartSpine™, Balanced Body, WAGs, ToeSox, Correct Toes, and Be Present — awesome companies with products we love.  All you have to do to be entered to win is […]…

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  • Tennis Ball Lower Leg Release

    Good function of the foot and ankle is determined by balanced musculature of the lower leg. Watch the video to learn techniques to release the connective tissue between the fibularis and soleus muscles. These are great techniques that your clients can learn to do at home. With consistent massaging the lower leg can balance and […]…

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  • iPad, iPhone, Android Now Fully Supported!

    Whew! Well, we’re not going to lie and say that was a lot of fun.  But — we’re happy to announce that everything on the site is now supported for your iPad, iPhone, Android — and pretty much any other device you can think of. We hope that this is good news for you mobile […]…

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  • How to Correct without Being Critical

    No one wants to be told or to feel that he is messing up at every turn. People new to Pilates can get discouraged because of all the details and nuances involved. Someone not used to moving or not naturally coordinated or body-aware may end up having instructors correcting him at every turn. Constant correction […]…

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  • Pilates Pregnancy Fitness

    Exercise is important during pregnancy on a number of levels, but it is vital that it is the right sort of exercise. Safety and effectiveness must be married together in perfect unison. Pilates and yoga are the ideal disciplines to use to prepare for labor and birth. They are also an excellent way to get […]…

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  • Hug a Tree

    Jennifer has a treat in store for you! Learn the proper muscle action and synchronization for exercises like Hug a Tree. See a Theraband wrapping technique that brings you into relationship and connection of the upper and lower core. The Theraband wrapping acts to tactically cue widening the sitting bones, narrowing the top of the […]…

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  • Manual Foot Spiral

    The composition of the foot is a myriad of osseous matter intertwining with connective tissue, muscles, and fascia. Our foot is a complex structure that, when aligned properly, is built to propel us through space with grace and ease. Unfortunately, so many people have lost the foot’s innate shape and spiral. It is our job […]…

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  • Toy Soldier with the 1/2 Foam Roller

    Scapular stability is a must when performing arm exercises, but often the shoulder girdle is so locked up that it is hard to locate neutral shoulder placement. It is only by exploring the shoulder and surrounding tissues that clients will be able to understand where they are in space, then eventually how to best achieve […]…

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  • Core Activation & The Pelvic Floor

    In Pilates, teaching clients how to visualize, feel, fire, and stabilize their core musculature is of top priority. Because of the subtleties of the core and how it fires, communicating how to manipulate it can be very challenging. It might feel like we are giving an anatomy lesson to our clients. This can be frustrating […]…

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  • How to Teach a First Session with a New Client

    Forging a new relationship inside the studio space is one of the most rewarding and yet precarious situations that you will be asked to navigate as a Pilates professional. First impressions are crucial as you build and expand your clientele at any phase of your career. This is especially important for those who are just […]…

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