Pilates Tips from the Pros

  • Pilates and Rotation, Part 1

    What Pilates is: Many think of Pilates as consisting mostly of abdominal work that involves lots of flexion of the spine. This is a misconception. Pilates is much broader in its reach than just the rounding of the back needed for abdominal curls. The spine must be guided through flexion, extension, lateral flexion and rotation […]…

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  • Green Spiky Ball Under the Glutes

    Here at Fusion we are always looking for ways to make our clients more aware, independent movers. Nowhere is this self awareness more important than in a group class dynamic. While your hands cannot be on every person at once, there are tools you can use to help facilitate balanced movement by the clients. By […]…

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  • Mat Spine Stretch with Thoracic Spine Focus

    Spine Stretch is a classical exercise that requires flexibility, range of motion, and differentiation to perform with ease and proficiency. When done correctly, it should not only induce a beautiful thoracic spine articulation, but it should give a wonderful stretch to the spinal fascia and musculature. Just like most of Pilates repertoire, the devil is […]…

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  • Applying for a Job, Part 1: Visit the Studio

    Any business owner will tell you that hiring people is one of the job’s most stressful responsibilities. It’s a given that every studio owner wants to make sure that instructors working at his/her business knows what they’re doing and has the proper training and experience. But we also want to make sure instructors will reflect […]…

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  • Knee Stretch

    Pilates equipment is genius in its simplicity and versatility. In this video, see how a classical exercise like Knee Stretch can be turned on its head with a simple change of spring tension. This slight variation opens doors to new, fun choreography and strengthens the body in different ways. We hope you enjoyed this video! […]…

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  • Dracula Head Float

    The exercise shown on this video is an essential skill that your clients need to perfect before they move on to any of the exercises that require an ab curl. This movement makes all the difference in the world when it comes to spinal alignment and core activation. Most people’s neck flexors are lax and […]…

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  • Osteoporosis: Single Leg Foot in Strap on the Reformer

    With cases of Osteoporosis on the rise, it is vital that we Pilates teachers know how to handle this growing clientele. With spinal flexion off the table, you must get creative with the exercises to still bring a well-rounded practice to these clients. The equipment is very helpful in this endeavor. And any exercises in […]…

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  • Centering Exercise: Lineup on the Footbar

    As Pilates teachers, we need to be able to mirror back the body’s true center during exercises. Our clients rely on us for this. But we can also teach them to learn to find their center themselves. When a client has a hard time feeling where she is in space, a visual cue is quite […]…

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  • Short Spine Massage with Hip Squeeze

    There are many ways to teach and experience the short spine massage. Traditionally, it is taught in femoral external rotation. But for those clients who are stuck walking around with that external rotation every day, it is important to experience a more parallel leg positioning. The variation shown here is immensely useful, and it is […]…

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  • Foot Rolling

      How we digest gravity through our bones in our walking and running gaits is paramount to alignment and health. There is no better spot to start than the feet! Through these simple exercises with a spiky ball, you can help your client find more ease in the fan of the foot bones. This opening […]…

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  • How To Ask About Pain

    Many people from many different walks of life have found Pilates to be an interesting, challenging, and engaging practice. Some people look to Pilates to build strength, agility, and balance with beautiful life-changing results. But no person benefits more from this amazing scope of work than the person who comes to you in pain. Typically, […]…

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  • Prep to Squat on the Chair

    The chair is the perfect piece of equipment on which to practice squatting. Instead of loading body weight onto a flexed knee and ankle, the spring and chair paddle move into the body so we can work on strengthening the leg without extra strain on the joints. This is essential for the pregnant body because […]…

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  • Feet in Straps Frog

    The Frog with feet in straps is a classic exercise. It can be done on the Reformer as well as the Cadillac and the mat with a theraband. This exercise is meant to strengthen the midline of the body by using a bent and extended leg. A neutral pelvis is key here. You don’t want […]…

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  • Opening and Closing the Feet

    The feet are a vital component to the alignment of the whole body. Sadly, most people pay more attention to what shoes they are wearing instead of the condition of the bottom of the foot! The health of the arch is directly dependent on how you move and use the feet. We are constantly exploring […]…

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  • Rowing on the Overball

    Rowing on the reformer is a full body exercise, so finding a way to bring that work onto the mat is a wonderful addition to any class. Also, by playing with the weights in the hands as well as shortening the levers of the body (i.e. bending the knees) this challenge is accessible to many […]…

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  • Upper Psoas Release in Bridge

    The bridge that is shown in this video is very different from the traditional Pilates bridge on the mat. What we are looking for in this exercise is a keying down of the upper psoas, which is found by releasing the ribcage back down to the mat by the breath, as well as cueing body […]…

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  • Studio Manners

    When you work in a studio, whether it has one or ten teachers, everyone must be on their best behavior and must always be willing to help out. Team spirit must be alive and well. There should be a thirst to make the studio its best so that everyone’s experience of it is the best. […]…

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  • Exercising in the First Trimester

    The first trimester describes the first three months of pregnancy. During the first trimester, it is best to keep strenuous exercise to a minimum, as this is the period when the risk for miscarriage is highest. It is also a time when many women feel unbelievably tired, nauseated, and in no mood for exercise. However, […]…

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  • Strengthening the Hamstrings and Glutes with the Stability Ball

    The stability ball requires participants to find their balance. It demands that we find our center on an unstable surface. This will help develop strong hamstrings and glutes. These muscle groups are less developed because they are on our backside and we are forward-moving beings. We don’t like to walk backwards even though it is […]…

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