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Injury Prevention: Pilates

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…

NFL Player Practices Pilates and Yoga

Seattle Seahawks fullback Mack Strong credits Pilates and yoga with keeping him in great shape and extending his professional career. “I just felt myself being just a little more stiff. Not as fluid,” Strong told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “Years and years of pounding, your body gets stiff. . . . When I started doing [yoga] 3 years ago, it was the best I&rsq…

Men on Mats

Core conditioning is attractive to men, but they want to feel successful and most of them are not interested in swift, dance-based movements.

Pilates Tops the 10 Million Mark

More than 10.5 million people practiced Pilates in the United States in 2004, according to the most recent SUPERSTUDY® of Sports Participation, conducted by American Sports Data Inc. This represents a 500 percent growth rate in the past 4 years. By all indications, the Pilates market shows no signs of slowing down and is rapidly increasing its global presence.

Pilates Mat Exercises Reduce Low-Back Pain

People with low-back pain who practiced Pilates mat exercises for only 1 hour twice per week experienced improvement in their condition, according to a small study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2005; 37 [5], S27).
For 12 weeks, researchers studied 22 subjects with a history of low-back pain. Fifteen participated in the Pilates mat program, …

Pilates Exercise: Lessons From the Lab

When Joseph Pilates originally set out to teach his unique exercises to German internees during World War I, little did he know that one day hundreds of fitness professionals would teach his techniques, and infomercials would sell products based on his methods. But as popular as Pilates exercise has become over the last two decades, until now no research has been conducted to scientifically va…

Successful Cuing for Pilates

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. In many cases the client has been taught the move before and has been corrected many times, but h…

Pilates News

The Pilates Method Alliance® (PMA™) intends to offer the first national certification exam for Pilates instructors in August 2005, according to Kevin Bowen, PMA’s chief executive officer and cofounder. Bowen says, “Our goal is to create a professional standard for the industry and give consumers greater protection from incompetence. We are encou…

Choosing a Pilates Instructor

Pilates is a mind-body exercise technique that provides many mental and physical benefits. As Joseph Pilates, creator of the method, said, “Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.”
If you are new to Pilates, what are some general guidelines for doing this type of exercise? …

Bust Stress With Pilates Principles

Life constantly presents changes and challenges that promote learning, growth and optimal function. Individuals respond and adapt to these trials differently. When people lose their capacity to cope successfully, they can experience negative stress.

Activate and Stabilize

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.

Yoga, Pilates & Golf

Tight chest muscles. Reduced flexibility in the torso. Strained shoulders and a sore back. Unfortunately, that’s the description of many amateur and weekend golfers. Golfers habitually bend and twist, bend and twist—all the while straining their backs and shoulders, forming muscle imbalances and inviting injury.

Anatomy of a Reformer

The reformer, the most asked about and widely used piece of Pilates equipment, has come a long way since Joseph Pilates conceived it many years ago using ropes, pulleys and a moving platform (carriage) to “resist . . . movements in just the right way so those inner muscles really have to work against it” (The Pilates Center 1999-2003).

Make the Mind-Body Connection

How many of you took group fitness classes in the 1980s? Do you remember exercises that mimicked the “downward dog” and “plough” poses? During those years, many fitness instructors—specifically those who taught aerobics when it…

A Pilates Primer

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.” Joseph H. Pilates, the founder of what we commonly refer to as “the Pilates Method” or just “Pilates,” used to share this belief with his students. In fact if Joseph Pilates had had his way, people all over the world would be practicing his exercise technique, which he originally named “contrology.”

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