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!
We are in our second week of many tips for the Pilates Swan! Last week we took a mini tour through the Swan on the Mat and this week that continues.
Andrea Maida and I had a request for some Swan tips in our weekly Pilates Collab. Now, I am in love with back bending. Mostly because I thought it was easy for me. What I have since discovered is how much I need to hone my strength so I didn’t just rely on my flexibility.
Alright, confession time! I pretty much hate Mermaid almost anywhere in the Pilates room. On the reformer it just feels meh, on the mat I tend to cheat or get a stretch in all the “wrong” places. On the Cadillac, the side over aka Mermaid is a massive challenge for me. But, one day I discovered some moments of love for Mermaid on the Wunda chair.
The Pull-ups on the Wunda Chair (sometimes known as Pike) was my original favorite Pilates exercise of all time! I had to always do the Pull-Ups on the chair before I left the Pilates studio, even if I was just there to observe people teach.
When Joseph Pilates brought his method to New York City in the 1920’s most of his clients were males. It’s been said that the Pilates method, which he called ‘Contrology’ was created by a man for men. Yes, Pilates for men was the original intent.
Those of you who know my Pilates story have already heard that my first years of Pilates were only mat Pilates classes. I rearranged my entire work schedule so I could take class five days a week! I was obsessed with getting in my Pilates workout. I had no idea what other types of Pilates classes were out there and this was pre-working out online.
This week’s Pilates collaboration with Andrea Maida brings us to one of the most hated Pilates exercises around-Stomach Massage!