Pilates Tips from the Pros

  • Standing Splits

    Learn to use the spring weight to balance your “Up the Mountain” muscles and your “Down the Mountain” muscles, and everything in between. The Reformer is a phenomenal strength and stability builder if used in the right way. See a very simple standing sequence on the Reformer and how just a change of the spring […]…

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  • Romana Kryzanowska & Julian Littleford

    We recently lost two Pilates greats. Legendary first generation teacher Romana Kryzanowska died on August 30, 2013. She is an inspiration to all of us and will be greatly missed. Julian Littleford of J.L. Body Conditioning in Del Mar, CA died on August 31, 2013. He was an amazing, creative teacher and human being. I […]…

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  • Lesley Powell from Movements Afoot Studio in NYC

    We had a few minutes to chat with the immensely talented Lesley Powell during a break from shooting her new online Posterial Lateral Hip workshop. Take a moment to get a brief overview of her history and work.…

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  • Romana Kryzanowska

    Note: Romana Kryzanowska passed away on August 30, 2013 after the writing of this post. She will be missed, but her influence lives on. When Pilates and Pilates teacher training comes up, one name always in everyone’s minds is Romana Kryzanowska. She is the oldest first-generation teacher and has been one of the biggest forces […]…

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  • Shoulder Flexibility: Pre-Pilates Exercises

    As we have seen in a previous post, our shoulder anatomy is somewhat tricky. In many ways, it is a fragile and weak structure that needs to be very strong and very mobile to perform the many tasks we require of it. Performing too many of the wrong movements and not enough of the correct […]…

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  • Anna Alvarez from the Pilates Method Alliance

    We were thrilled to get a chance to catch up with Anna Alvarez from the Pilates Method Alliance for a brief discussion about what the PMA does. Please check below for more resources and for links to some of the subjects touched on in the video.  Thank you to Anna and the PMA! Check below […]…

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  • FFO Hits the Road! Chris Roberts Instructor Showcase and Video

    One of our biggest missions here at FFO is to foster community.  In that spirit we occasionally load some video gear into the FusionMobile and hit the road to go meet Instructors and Studio Owners in order to get to know them. A few weeks ago we did a brief tour of the East Coast […]…

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  • Foam Roller Hip Openers

    The foam roller has become a must in Pilates studios and gyms all over the country for good reason. It is a versatile tool that not only aids in myofascial release but also in balance. So many clients walk into the studio from hours in a sedentary posture, and it is not in their best […]…

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  • Healthy Boundaries: How to Deal With a Difficult Client

    The client is always right. Well, yes and no. In the service industry, we must always strive to please our clientele and go to whatever lengths we possibly can without compromising our integrity, putting them or ourselves in danger, inconveniencing other clients, or losing income flow for ourselves or the studio. There are times that […]…

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  • Prep to Squat in the Doorway

    Many people in our culture have a difficult time with a squat position because the closest we get to the floor is a chair. The squat position is essential to creating balance and ease in our hips and legs. It massages the internal organs to create better circulation. The deep squat position is a birthing […]…

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  • Creative Imagery and Visualization

    Imagery and visualization are key components in our Pilates practice. It is amazing how much power lies in our metaphysical selves, and it’s extremely beneficial when we are able to connect our bodies with our minds. The general perception is that the mind controls our body, but it’s more of a perfect marriage where each […]…

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  • Interview with Marie-José Blom

    Marie-José Blom is an amazing teacher of teachers with a wide scope of experience. She is the creator of the SmartSpine™ line of products as well as the Stability Sling System. Her first online workshop is live at FusionFitnessOnline right now (and now offers 5 PMA CECs!). We had the opportunity to interview her as […]…

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  • Toning the Glutes: Pilates Bridging Exercises

    It’s time to firm, tone, and sculpt the gluteal muscles! Most of us have some (or many) complaints about our tush. It seems most of us think our bottoms are too big or not big enough — and no matter what the complaint, most of us are looking for it to be a bit more […]…

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  • Foam Roller

    You can purchase a Foam Roller here. For all its simplicity, the Foam Roller is a very versatile and effective piece of exercise equipment. The Foam Roller is a four foot long foam tube with a diameter of about six inches, and it has so many varied uses that you can take a whole class […]…

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  • Shoulder Stability & Mobility

    Learning to focus on and work the shoulder area successfully can make a world of difference in how you look, feel, and perform. The shoulder area is one of the most anatomically complex areas of the body and is prone to injury and dysfunction. It is also an area that we often neglect to take […]…

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  • Decompression of the Pelvic Organs on All Fours

    Learn how to creatively cue the core structure on all fours. Through the breath, learn how to hug and lift the viscera and myofascia into and up the spine. This draws the leg bones deeper into the pelvis and immediately turns on the core. This is done by immense focus on hearing and integrating the […]…

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  • Stability Ball Exercises: Targeting Chest, Back, & Arm Strength

    You can purchase a Stability Ball here. A prop inserted into the classical Pilates mat work can really give you an extra challenge or sometimes a bit of an assist as we saw in our Magic Circle posts. This entry introduces another prop, the stability ball. Unlike the Magic Circle this is not a prop […]…

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  • How to Retain Your Clients

    To be a talented, skilled Pilates instructor is only 25% of being successful. The other 75% is how well you do with relating to others, teaching to people’s different learning abilities, and running a smooth, professional business. It is important in your private sessions and even in your group classes that you try to cue […]…

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  • Strengthening & Stretching the Inner Thighs with the Magic Circle

    One of Joseph Pilates’ many inventions was the Magic Circle. The first Magic Circle is said to have been made from the ring on a keg. This isn’t hard to believe, because Pilates was also known for his love of ale. Because the Magic Circle is small, light, and portable, it has become very popular […]…

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  • Ron Fletcher: A Short History of a Movement Visionary

    As many of you know, we lost Pilates Elder Ron Fletcher in 2011. Although he’s gone, his creative and inspired work lives on through his method called Fletcher Pilates. He was a wonderful man and teacher and a beautiful storyteller. I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with Ron early in my career. He […]…

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