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Eight-Step Abdominal Strength Assessment

By IDEA Authors | December 1, 2006 |

The most common error made in roll-up or trunk-curl general instruction is not matching the client’s strength level with the appropriate level of demand. This should be a reminder that disciplines such as yoga and Pilates require personalized instruction and attention to detail. ..

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Pilates Effective for Low-Back Pain

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | October 31, 2006 |

Low-back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability in the United States, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Among neurological ailments, only headache is more prevalent. As a mind-body exercise professional, you no doubt encounter numerous clients with varying degrees of low-back discomfort.
Recent research support…

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Determining True Program Costs

By IDEA Authors | October 4, 2006 |

Before you can get your yoga or Pilates program off the ground, be sure to study your front-end costs–the amount it will take to get the program up and running–and the back-end costs, which will sustain your program. Consider the following categories as part of the cost of doing business and include them in your pricing.

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Pilates Improves Youth Fitness

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | September 30, 2006 |

Kids need fun, effective and economical forms of physical activity that not only deliver results but
also stimulate continued participation. Researchers searching for appropriate youth activities found that 11-year-old girls who regularly took Pilates mat classes reduced body weight and considered it an enjoyable form of exercise. According to a pilot study published in Preventive Me…

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Create a Pilates Conditioning Program for Golfers

By Kathy Corey | August 31, 2006 |

Golf. Even the name of this sport evokes a sense of calm and leisure, played out on a quiet field in front of a hushed crowd. Yet every golfer knows that golf is a sport that only looks easy. In fact, golf requires muscular strength, joint flexibility, neuromuscular training and the perfect balance between mobility and stability. The game hinges on the ever-important golf swing, a …

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Pilates Improves Fitness and Trains Core Muscles

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | August 31, 2006 |

Regular Pilates mat classes can significantly improve body composition, flexibility and core musculature endurance, according to results from two small Pilates studies presented at the 2006 annual meeting
of the American College of Sports Medicine, held in Denver, Colorado.
In one study, from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, researchers followed 22 participants with n…

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Injury Prevention: Pilates

By Christine Romani-Ruby, MPT, ATC | May 31, 2006 |

Pilates is one of the fastest-growing mind-body offerings and is practiced daily by millions of Americans. In any growing fitness trend that has a rush of new participants, there is also a rush of injuries—and Pilates is no exception. The media tout Pilates as a gentle, nonim…

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