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Ten Important Pilates Exercises

Determining the top ten Pilates exercises isn’t easy because different exercises are good for different people. Yet, some exercises stand out among the rest, including the following: [more…]

Benefits of Pilates Exercises

Get excited about starting your Pilates program. Some of the changes you may not notice until three months into your Pilates workouts, but be patient. No exercise program works miracles. These changes [more…]

Pilates For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australia/New Zealand Edition)

Pilates has become one of the most popular fitness systems in the world, particularly in Australia and New Zealand. The Pilates method works to strengthen the centre, lengthen the spine, build muscle tone [more…]

The Eight Main Branches of Yoga

When you take a bird’s-eye view of the Yoga tradition, you see a dozen major strands of development, each with its own subdivisions. Picture Yoga as a giant tree with eight branches — each branch has its [more…]

Ten Good Reasons to Practise Yoga

Discovering unlimited potential our journey of discovery in the world of Yoga is not only exciting but also immensely rewarding. Here are ten excellent reasons to begin that journey [more…]

Yoga For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australia/New Zealand Edition)

Yoga, as both a spiritual and physical discipline, is popular throughout Australia and New Zealand. When you start to research Yoga, however, you quickly discover that you can practice many different forms [more…]

Trainer Talk: Basic Muscle Terms

You don’t need to be fluent in the language of bodybuilding competitions to design an effective workout, but you do need to familiarize yourself with common weight-training lingo. Know the following terms [more…]

Debunking Weight Training Myths

Don’t let a few things you may have heard about weight training keep you away from the gym. Look at these common weight training myths and the facts that debunk them so you can arm yourself with the knowledge [more…]

Bonus Weight Training Equipment

Weight training equipment can be intimidating. Fortunately, you don’t need much or have to spend much money. Be on the lookout for the following basic training equipment to help you in your weight training [more…]

Finding a Fitness Trainer

Personal training instruction is valuable for anyone who lifts weights; even hiring a trainer for a few beginner sessions is beneficial. This list of qualifications shows what to look for when hiring a [more…]

Being a Good Personal Training Client

When you’re working with a personal trainer, take an active role in your weight-training sessions, aligning your behaviors with a willing participant that trainers can easily work with. Keep these things [more…]

Practicing Good Weight Training Etiquette

At the gym, rules of weight training etiquette should be followed by everyone. After you know what’s expected of you, you’ll feel more comfortable. Adopt these rules to ensure good manners when lifting [more…]

Weight Training For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you want to get into weight training, start by sorting fact from fiction. Don’t let stories you’ve heard about weight lifting keep you from the gym. You'll reach your fitness goals sooner by getting [more…]

How to Choose a Cardiovascular Workout

If getting fit is your goal this year, you can choose from a ton of cardiovascular workouts. Finding a cardio workout that you enjoy doing makes your workouts more enjoyable and more successful. You are [more…]

Part of the Series: Cardio Exercises: 5 Steps toward Good Health and Fitness

Monitoring Your Heart Rate during Cardio Exercise

You can monitor your heart rate to ensure that you're exercising at the right pace during a cardio workout. Your heart rate (also called your pulse) is the number of times that your heart beats per minute [more…]

Part of the Series: Cardio Exercises: 5 Steps toward Good Health and Fitness

How to Find Your Target Heart-Rate Zone

Typically, your target heart-rate zone is between 50 percent and 85 percent of your maximum heart rate, the maximum number of times your heart should beat in a minute without dangerously overexerting yourself [more…]

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Using Cardio Exercise to Maximize Fitness

As you progress with a cardio fitness program and get the hang of the exercise thing, you may find that you want more of a challenge. Instead of being satisfied with a boost in energy and a decrease in [more…]

Part of the Series: Cardio Exercises: 5 Steps toward Good Health and Fitness

Following a Cardio Plan for Weight Loss

If your goal is permanent fat loss, you need to burn enough calories to make a significant impact. Here's why: In order to lose a pound in one week, you need to create a 3,500-calorie deficit; in other [more…]

Part of the Series: Cardio Exercises: 5 Steps toward Good Health and Fitness

How to Do Pilates Side Kicks

Pilates Side Kicks is a side-lying stability exercise. Side kicks focuses on control from the belly and strengthens your thighs and your butt. This exercise is not about how far you can kick your leg; [more…]

Part of the Series: Basic Pilates: 8 Exercises for Beginners

How to Do the Pilates Swimming Exercise

The Swimming exercise in Pilates works the muscles of the back. It’s okay to feel the back working, but not straining. The Pilates Swimming exercise strengthens the muscles on the back of your body: the [more…]

Part of the Series: Basic Pilates: 8 Exercises for Beginners

How to Do the Pilates Spine Stretch Forward Exercise

The Spine Stretch Forward exercise in Pilates is exactly that — a stretch for the whole spine, especially the neck and upper back. In addition to the mat method described below, you can also do the Spine [more…]

Part of the Series: Basic Pilates: 8 Exercises for Beginners

How to Do the Pilates Bridge Exercise

The Bridge is an excellent Pilates torso stability exercise. This means that one of your goals is to keep your torso really still during the exercise. This exercise strengthens the butt and the back of [more…]

Part of the Series: Basic Pilates: 8 Exercises for Beginners

How to Do Pilates Coccyx Curls

The Coccyx Curls exercise is a great way to start your Pilates workout because it warms up your lower back and get you connected to your deep abdominals. By performing Pilates Coccyx Curls, you learn through [more…]

Part of the Series: Basic Pilates: 8 Exercises for Beginners

How to Do the Pilates Hundred Exercise

The Hundred exercise in Pilates got its name because you hold the exercise for 100 beats. It is a great exercise to come early in a series because it gets your whole body warm, possibly even breaking a [more…]

Part of the Series: Basic Pilates: 8 Exercises for Beginners

How to Do the Pilates Rolling Like a Ball Exercise

The Rolling Like a Ball exercise in Pilates is a combination of Hip-Up and Balance Point. Requiring both strength and control, Rolling Like a Ball is a fun way to massage your own back, find out how to [more…]

Part of the Series: Basic Pilates: 8 Exercises for Beginners

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