Pilates Equipment Liability and Safety (Part 1of 2)
Such issues merit serious focus and planning as members demand more Pilates-based activities. By Shirley Archer, JD, MA
According to the 7th Annual IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey (IDEA Fitness Manager, October 2002) and other industry statistics, Pilates is among the fastest-growing exercise trends in the United States. The Health Club ...
T H E W I D E N I N G A P P E A L O F P I L AT E S M AT C L A S S E S
The popularity of Pilates training shows no signs of abating, judging by the results of this year's IDEA Group Fitness Trendwatch report. In fact, Pilates came in second among all fitness trends rated in 2002, bested only by yoga. That is remarkable when you consider that many fitness facilities have yet to inves...
According to IDEA's 2001 group fitness Trendwatch report, yoga and Pilates are increasing in popularity at fitness facilities around the country. What makes these activities so popular? Mind-body modalities boast benefits such as stress reduction and improved breathing, posture and body awareness. In addition, the calming and centering aspects of mind-body classes bring balance into in...
I f Yo u B u i l d I t , T h e y W i l l C o m e :
Starting a Pilates Program i n Yo u r F a c i l i t y
By Lindsay Merrithew and Moira Stott-Merrithew
ow that a U.S. District Court has ruled that Pilates is a generic term (see February 2001 IDEA Health & Fitness Source Industry Watch column for details), more and more fitness facilities are considering providing this popular form of exercis...
industry watch: program trends
C R E AT I N G A S O O T H I N G S PA C E
The 2000 IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey found that yoga and Pilates continue to be two of the fastest-growing activities in fitness facilities today. The challenge for exercise professionals, however, is to conduct mind-body programs like these in a space that enables participants to have a relaxing experience. Here...
ncreasingly, fitness facilities are offering Pilates programs. Although developed in the 1920s, Pilates--an exercise method involving controlled, nonimpact movements that engage both body and mind--has today become part of the fitness industry's lexicon as more and more clients clamor to try this type of workout. Marketing Angle. Because of the media attention Pilates has received...
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Joseph Pilates Business Booms
How can personal trainers offer Joseph Pilates' popular workout methods to meet their clients' needs?
xercise programs based on the work of Joseph Pilates are experiencing an explosive growth worldwide. Along with fitness facilities offering group exercise formats, personal trainers are boosting their p...
Are you using myofascial release techniques with any of your group or private training clients? If so, are you teaching them in a separate session or integrating them into another training discipline, like yoga or Pilates? What tools have you incorporated, and how have you integrated these into the workout? Please share your examples with us.
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Building Bone: Concepts and Controversies
The positive role that resistance training can play in building and maintaining bone and muscle tissue is well established. But how do other types of exercise affect bone? Recent research findings are sobering.
Walking does not build bone. Shocked? Doesn’t everyone say, “I don’t understand how I got osteoporosis. I walk. . . .” Most studies show that walking either doesn't affect bone or may at best prevent bone loss (Martyn-St. James & Carroll 2008).
Have clients asked you, “How many times a week should I do Pilates?” You may have answered, “It depends.” Many things factor into the ideal Pilates program, including the client’s fitness level and goals. But one session a week is rarely, if ever, enough. newsletter_teaser: Has a client ever asked you, “How many times a week should I do Pilates?” You may have answered, “It depends.” Many things factor into the ideal Pilates program, including the client’s fitness level and goals. But one session a week is rarely, if ever, enough.