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All in the Family

By Mary Monroe | July 24, 2013 |

Linda Pimentel, owner of Origins of Inner Strength Inc., in Mesquite, Texas, has made Pilates transformations a family affair. She frequently works with families, couples and mother-daughter teams. “I usually work individually at first, to establish boundaries,” she says. “For example, the mother needs to know that during our sessions she isn’t in charge, and the daughter doesn’t get to show off in front of mom.”

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Pilates and Ankle Sprains

By Natalie Imrisek, MSPT | July 24, 2013 |

Pilates is a wonderful tool for helping a client who is recovering from an ankle injury, as weight and impact on the ankle joint can be less during Pilates than during many other forms of exercise.

Most of us have rolled an ankle. We trip while walking, running, dancing or playing sports—and often we try to self-diagnose with rest, ice, compression and elevation. While this approach may suffice with a very minor injury, a true ankle sprain requires more attention.

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From Music Educator to Boutique Studio Owner

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | July 24, 2013 |

Steven Burnes, Australian-born founder and owner of Aussie Fitness Pilates and Spinning Studio in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, reinvented his career in October 2008, after 22 years as a professional musician and high-school and college music teacher. The Peak Pilates® master instructor supplements his studio practice with teacher training and indoor cycling classes.

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Core Progressions on the Reformer

By Portia Page | July 24, 2013 |

The core plays an essential role in everyday activities. It facilitates movement and assists with posture, stabilization and support. Learning to use the core as a dynamic center is the key to efficient, safe and balanced movement.

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Lower-Body Progressions on the Reformer

By Portia Page | April 25, 2013 |

Many Pilates clients want to develop lower-body strength and definition, and the reformer is a perfect piece of equipment to help them meet this goal. Strong hamstrings, gluteals, quadriceps, adductors and abductors provide power for athletic moves and functional activities.

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The Evolution of the Pilates Professional

By IDEA Authors | April 25, 2013 |

Elizabeth Anderson is the executive director of the Pilates Method Alliance, the professional association and certifying agency for Pilates teachers. Anderson joined the PMA in mid-2007, after moving to the United States from London, where she’d lived for 17 years.

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Standing Work on the Reformer

By Portia Page | April 24, 2013 |

?Standing work on the reformer offers a perfect way to improve overall balance and posture and is a great complement to any other workout or Pilates routine. In this article, you will learn how to introduce the classic standing work—with a contemporary twist—to clients at any level, and you’ll learn how to progress or regress moves for those who need more or less.

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The Magic Circle

By Jillian Hessel | March 14, 2013 |

The Pilates magic circle is a versatile, portable and affordable piece of resistance equipment. Originally designed by Joseph Pilates himself, it can enhance just about any workout routine.

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Pilates Safety Concerns for Older Adults

By Rosalind Gray Davis | February 12, 2013 |

The Graying of America is a reality. The U.S. Census projects that nearly 1 in 5 of the nation’s residents will be 65 or older by 2030 (AOA 2011). As the senior population grows, interest in maintaining and improving older adults’ quality of life with physical activity is rapidly expanding. For many, however, aging comes…

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Pilates for Winter Sports

By Deborah Harris | December 24, 2012 |

In colder months, how often are you asked, “Can Pilates help prepare my body for winter sports?” The answer, of course, is yes, there are a number of exercises that help prevent injuries, improve balance and augment sport-specific strength.

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Overcoming Challenges in Gym-Based Pilates

By Kimberly Moscatello | October 2, 2012 |

As a popular boutique fitness experience, Pilates has shown a lot of staying power, which has led to amazing growth and diverse offerings. When teaching or managing Pilates programs, have you noticed a divide between people who experience Pilates in a dedicated studio and those who try a mat class in a fitness facility?

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3 Pilates-Inspired Moves for Runners

By Christy Stevenson | October 2, 2012 |

Running has long been a favorite fitness activity for millions of people. It’s an accessible cardiorespiratory exercise, a fun social event and a natural antidepressant. However, as more people catch the running bug, more also succumb to common overuse injuries.

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