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Activate and Stabilize

by Leslee Bender on Jun 01, 2004

Core

Use modified Pilates exercises in your class.

Many group fitness instructors use traditional Pilates exercises in the core-conditioning sections of their classes. However, some of these exercises are too difficult technically and can set the average participant up for frustration. If an individual doesn’t have the strength or the biomechanics to perform the traditional roll-up, for example, then she might use incorrect muscles and injure herself. Yet the roll-up is taught in most classes.

The right modifications enable students to experience the benefits of Pilates safely while also getting results. The following exercises are easy and safe for all levels and teach participants how to activate the core stabilizers correctly.

Note: This is just one small portion of a full class and is meant for educational reference.

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About the Author

Leslee Bender

Leslee Bender IDEA Author/Presenter

Leslee Bender is the creator of the Bender Method of training. A graduate of the Graduate of the Gray Institute of Applied Functional Science, Lesleeā€™s functional techniques benefit athletes as well as everyday people who want to achieve optimal health and fitness while preventing injury. Leslee is best known for the 2007 Bender Ball Fitness Infomercial and has filmed over 20 DVDs. She presents to trainers internationally, focusing on the analysis of movement and offering certifications in the Barre Above method, which she co-created with Tricia Murphy Madden. She also is an educator for NASM, Real Ryder, and Club Pilates. Leslee lives in Orlando and offers personal training to Central Florida clients. She currently is the fitness adviser of Club True Barre as well as the co-creator and education director for True Bar Fitness systems. In her free time, she water-skis on Lake Hiawassee.