The Arm Chair is not a chair that many have in their studios. So, if you’re looking at this piece of equipment and thinking, “I don’t have that or know that that is.” And, that makes you want to skip this week’s collaboration with Andrea Maida don’t!
I used to think the Spine Corrector was such an odd piece of equipment. And, I have to admit I used to avoid using it. Well, maybe avoid is a strong word. But, it took me a while to realize the power and beauty in the Spine Corrector. This piece of Pilates equipment, like most Pilates equipment, is more than meets the eye.
Ever walked into a Pilates studio and seen something too tall to be a coat rack? Well, then you were probably looking at a Pedi Pole! I used to skip using the Pedi Pole. And, now I love to spend a minute or five on it whenever a client is running late. The Pedi Pole may look wobbly and even like it would be one of the easier pieces of equipment but it is truly one of the hardest
I used to absolutely be obsessed with the Cadillac! Now, don’t get me wrong, I still love the Cadillac but I have more of love and fascination than crazy stalker obsession. However, even though my love has leveled out I still had a hard time choosing a favorite exercise. As you know from the previous …
I am often asked why I love Pilates and I usually respond by asking people if they have done Pilates. Why? Well, if you have done Pilates with a passionate teacher then you probably have some love for Pilates too. And, if you haven’t then my love for Pilates will probably sound like a crazy obsession!!!
I used to LOVE when the Criss Cross came up in my Mat Pilates practice! I would do extra reps if I could. But, then when the Saw would arrive I couldn’t wait for it to be over. And, then Corkscrew would come up and I would fall in love with Twists again. But, I’ll never forget when I finally got Spine Twist. I absolutely LOVED it!
I absolutely love a good backbend! When I am in Yoga class I cannot wait until wheel pose is announced. But, it took Pilates to teach me where I should really be working on. While I was young and flexible I was totally in my lower back. And, Pilates arches aka back extension is all about getting the longest extension possible. Not dumping into the lower back.
It’s easy to think that going upside down in the Pilates work is all for the “advanced” practitioner! Or, that you are not ready yet. But, I feel that if you use some of the earlier Mat exercises as tools your body will not only learn how to go upside down well it will yearn for it!
In this week’s collaboration with Andrea Maida we discuss the exercises on the mat that go upside down- Roll Up, Jackknife, Corkscrew, High Scissors/Bicycle and Control Balance.
My first Pilates equipment purchase was a Wunda Chair! I had been an instructor less than a year and saw an email that Gratz was selling the demo equipment at the Pilates Method Alliance conference. I hit reply so fast I was the first and I also had zero idea what price I just committed to. But, it was the best purchase of my life.
Do you prefer to do Pilates on an 80″ or 86″ Reformer? This is a question I didn’t ask myself until recently. In fact, even a few years ago when the topic came up I was quite made up in my mind that I liked one over the other