Activate and Stabilize

by Leslee Bender on Jun 01, 2004


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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Leslee Bender

Leslee Bender IDEA Author/Presenter

Leslee Bender is the founder of the Pilates Coach and the Bender Method of Training. With over 25 years experience, Leslee has presented internationally, produced over 25 DVDs and written several arti...