The first time I did Pilates I was feeling the “burn” in places I had never felt before! Every single exercise was waking up muscles and challenging my stamina and strength. I thought, no way am I going to be able to move tomorrow! I knew sore muscles were headed my way.
I used to think I was a rockstar at “Rolling like a Ball.” But, after many years I discovered how much I was using momentum! Do you find yourself thinking rolling exercises are fun back massages?
As promised, Andrea Maida Pilates and I are moving our tips for your Short box series to the Ladder Barrel. You’ll find out why I love doing this series of Pilates exercises over here so much in my Youtube video.
When I first discovered Pilates it was on the mat. I was invited to a mat Pilates class and I fell in love with how it made me feel. I honestly didn’t even know, see or get on the equipment for almost two years. I couldn’t tell you which was better in Pilates the Mat or the Reformer.
There are A LOT of moving pieces in the Short Box series. And, I could have talked for HOURS about this whole series and still missed some key tips. The Short Box Series on the Reformer is integral to all of your Pilates exercises. I mean, it literally has every single spine shape that we create in one package.
I chose Siem Reap Cambodia as one of my regular retreat havens because of its charm, Temples, and magic. It’s a place on almost everyone’s bucket list but it’s so far away that many people never get to see it. So, by curating a Pilates vacation many people have an excuse to travel halfway around the world and don’t have to plan much but their flights. And, while the week-long schedule is full there is plenty of spare time for you to choose your own adventure.
It’s a common question that I get almost weekly- “Is Pilates beneficial when you are pregnant?” Or, I often hear “Can I do Pilates when I am pregnant.” Having never been pregnant myself I reached out to some amazing instructors who have been pregnant and all did Pilates during their pregnancies.
One of the things I struggle with is not making the time to do my Pilates workouts but having the time before and after the class. I’ve got the hour to do my Pilates practice. But, somedays the time to get to class, find a parking spot and then the time after to change and get where I am going is simply a luxury.
As I mentioned last week Andrea Maida and I have a couple more weeks of Swans for you and your Pilates practice. This week we are getting low. We are hopping off the top of the Wunda chair and moving ourselves to the floor.
Swan, an exercise in Pilates that doesn’t stick to one piece of equipment. It’s the first extension exercise we meet on the mat, it prepares us for Pulling Straps and more on the reformer. It’ takes great flight on the barrels and on the Wunda chair, it knows no ends!