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Pilates Cuing Is an Art

Proper cuing is the essence of teaching Pilates. The learned skill of communicating effectively to a client on all levels is a critical ingredient of top-notch cuing. Moira Merrithew, co-founder of STOTT PILATES® and its executive director of education, says that successful cuing has the effect of “getting [clients] to move efficiently through an exercise, so they get the most out of it. That could mean performing a movement with a specific intention quality or with the correct muscular engagement and muscle-firing patterns.

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Exercise and Inflammation

Exercise and inflammation

As fitness professionals, we know that exercise can help boost the body’s immune system. But did you know that physical activity can actually produce an inflammatory response, leading to chronic inflammation? And when a body becomes chronically inflamed, a host of negative and potentially injurious conditions can result.

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Universal Highlights

As an international continuing education provider, I experience firsthand the fitness and wellness disciplines that are popular in different cultures and countries. One consistent trend I am seeing is a shift from traditional fitness to holistic wellness. Fitness professionals are embracing the concept of training as a trilogy of mind, body and spirit. The following details offer a peek into what’s shaping the schedules in other parts of the world.

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Making Connections

Tamar Cline, assistant director of fitness at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, has spent the past 7 years training new fitness instructors just to see them graduate and move away. Cline and CSU staff help students get a head start on their certification exams while earning spots at the Student Recreation Center as group fitness instructors.

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The Inner Pelvic Core

The “core” by its simplest definition includes the muscles of the abdominals and back. However, the core is actually an integrated system that includes many parts. The “roof” is the respiratory diaphragm; the abdominals support the front wall; the back and hip muscles make up the back wall; and the pelvic-floor muscles make up the bottom. Together, these parts can also be referred to as the Pelvic Core Neuromuscular System (PCNS).

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Heightened Sense of Taste and Weight Loss

The sense of taste can be a catalyst for weight loss, exploring a simple mind-body connection. People can lose weight by flavoring their food with calorie-free seasonings and sweeteners, which may make them feel full faster and decrease their consumption, according to a new study.

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Using NLP in Your Practice, Part 2

If your feedback is focused on what is going wrong, you are communicating that something is unwanted. Instead, base feedback on making adjustments toward a desired outcome. NLP assumes that all responses are useful in some context and suggests that feedback should focus on self-realization, not criticism.

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U.S. Soldiers Get Mind-Body Training

In this time of ongoing war, more soldiers are seeking mind-body preparation to protect their mental, emotional and physical well-being as they prepare for battle and return home. Warrior Mind Training, a service organization based in San Diego …

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Leveraging Income

In these increasingly uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to approach your personal and professional finances with an eye toward appreciation. The real measure of character is what you do with what you already have.

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The Art of Cuing

How often have you given a cue and had a client respond, “Oh, now it makes sense!” or “Wow, that feels totally different!” or of course my favorite, “No one has ever told me that!” A well-directed cue that hits the mark can bring about a change immediately.

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A Powerful Take-Home Message

I was reflecting last night as I fell asleep that I was at cross-purposes of the very message I was supposed to be absorbing here. In my earnestness to do a good job and capture all I could for readers, I was missing the moment—or at least I wasn’t fully present for many of them.

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The Neuroscience of Positive Qualities

What is happening in the minds of people who have developed a greater capacity for forgiveness and compassion? Can a quality like love-—whether it’s shown toward a family member or a friend-—be neurologically measured in the brain?

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