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What is Pilates?

Pilates (pronounced puh-lah-teez and not pie-lates) is similar to yoga but emphasizes your body’s core the abdomen, obliques, lower back, inner and outer thigh, butt, and so on. For this reason, Pilates [more…]

Considering Pilates Classes and Instructors

There are nearly 500 Pilates studios that offer classes nationwide, and the explosion continues. Instructors of the official Pilates Method must complete a rigorous training program that includes more [more…]

How to Do the Pilates Basic Cat Exercise

The Basic Cat exercise in Pilates is one of the gentlest and simplest ways to stretch out the back. You see cats making this movement in the morning when they wake, and you can do it too! [more…]

How to Do Pilates Upper Abdominal Curls

The Upper Abdominal Curls movement is a fundamental exercise in Pilates, generally used as a warm-up for your upper back and neck and to get you to feel your Pilates Abdominal Position. This exercise may [more…]

How to Do the Pilates Roll Down Exercise

The Roll Down exercise in Pilates is a beginning variation of the classic Pilates Roll Up. The Roll Down increases abdominal strength and articulation of the spine. [more…]

The Pilates Neutral Spine Position

Neutral Spine is one of the most subtle yet powerful principles in Pilates. It belongs to the less-is-more approach to movement, like most of the fundamental concepts underlying the Pilates method. Although [more…]

How to Do the Pilates Abdominal Scoop Position

You can do the Abdominal Scoop — a basic movement in Pilates — in any position, anywhere, anytime. It is easy and fun to do in your spare time, and it hides your spare tire! Basically, the Pilates abdominal [more…]

How to Form the Pilates Bridge Position

The Bridge is both a position and an exercise in Pilates. Here, you'll see how to form the Bridge position, which is a basic movement that is used in many different Pilates exercises. [more…]

How to Do Pilates C Curve Positions

The C Curve is a movement of the spine that strengthens the deep abdominals while stretching the muscles of the back. The C Curve is a basic movement in Pilates that is used in many different exercises [more…]

How to Do the Pilates Hip-Up Position

The Hip-Up position is both a position and a fundamental exercise in Pilates. Here, you see how to form the Hip-Up position, which is a basic movement in Pilates that is used in many different Pilates [more…]

How to Do the Pilates Levitation Position

When you combine a Hip-Up position in Pilates with a little low butt squeeze, you get the Levitation position. The Levitation position is a basic movement that is used in many different exercises. [more…]

How to Do the Pilates Balance Point Position

Balance Point is both a position and a fundamental exercise in Pilates. Here, you see how to form the Balance Point position, which is a basic movement that is used in many different Pilates exercises. [more…]

How to Do the Pilates Stacking the Spine Position

Stacking the Spine — a basic movement in Pilates — is a finishing position to several exercises. It teaches articulation of the spine (full movement throughout all the vertebrae) as well as how to sit [more…]

How to Do the Pilates Abdominal Position

The Pilates Abdominal Position — a basic movement in Pilates — describes the placement of the upper body when performing the lion’s share of Pilates abdominal exercises. [more…]

How to Do the Pilates First Position

The Pilates First Position — a basic movement in Pilates — is similar to a ballet dancer in first position who has her legs together and turned out from the hip, her knees facing away from each other, [more…]

Incorporating Pilates into Your Everyday Life

Even if you were to do Pilates for an hour every day, you wouldn’t get the profound results that Pilates has to offer if you reverted to bad postural habits for the rest of your day. Some people naturally [more…]

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…]

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
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