When you work on the reformer or any piece of equipment it’s easy to know when you’ve “finished” the exercise. The springs are closed and you’re back at the start position.
But, on the mat it’s all you! There is not equipment to help you “finish” just your self. And, as the movement goes on you may not want to be back in your original start position. In fact, when you’re flowing some exercises finish when the next one begins.
So, let’s focus on the finish! The final inches. That is where the work really is.
See you on your mat!
I know you know what a circle looks like. But, have you ever tried to make a circle with your body and felt cramped? Or, what about that popping or feeling like your arms and legs are doing their own thing? When you do your Pilates exercises does it feel like you need to make a different shape?
Alright! Let’s talk about the Pulling Straps on the Reformer. Now, I know that most Pilates exercise names are misleading. But, most of those misleading names reveal themselves quite early on in your Pilates practice. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered I was placing way too must pull in my straps and missing a very important detail.
I always knew my knees hyper-extended. I hated that about my legs. But, I didn’t know how to stop. And, who doesn’t want to be flexible?! But the truth is that hyper-mobility was the reason I broke my leg back in 2014.
This week the Reformer is coming to our Pilates mat practice! When I am away and missing the springs I bring the exercises of the Reformer to my mat. And, wow! It’s just as tough…if not tougher!
Allow your favorite reformer exercises to meet you on your mat this week! A fun way to change up your Pilates practice and feel like you got to have a little bit of Reformer work at home!
Alright, so the title of this week’s blog is a bit of a lie! I do not make resolutions. I set personal goals that are in line with my vision and how I want to feel as I go through life. As I achieve my personal goals (and sometimes I don’t, and I have to readjust my timeline or the goal itself), I take stock of where I have been and where I am going. But, how are these not the same as resolutions? And, what are my goals for 2018?
While I love Pilates I have a long (and on some days longer) list of Pilates exercises I despise! I am sure you’ve been in a class, session or working on your own and wish you could skip an exercise or two. Maybe you leave to go to the bathroom or get water at just the “right” time?
This week we will be changing it all up! What happens when you mix up what you think you’re supposed to do in a Pilates exercise? What if you think about something opposite? Or, change the order? Let’s find out together! I’ll see you on your MAT!
It’s so easy to use your upper shoulders to do everything! To skip connecting to your shoulder girdle and just make an exercise look right.