One of the first things I tell new clients when they are starting Pilates is, "Pilates should not hurt!" If something hurts then we need to adjust the exercise in your body in a way that it can be effective and help you create balance and strength so you can continue to progress without pain.
One of the most common places people find their neck hurting is while doing an upper ab curl. This movement specifically involves lifting your head off the mat and curling toward your body as you roll to approximately the tips of your shoulder blades. This movement is fundamental in many traditional Pilates exercises, although it can be modified as needed for individual bodies.
If someone is brand new to Pilates, and they jump into a large group class without any specific training on how to do this movement properly in their body, they end up feeling like they are straining their neck and not feeling the work of the movement throughout the rest of the body.
Love this article from breakingmuscle.com on why water is so important to our bodies!
Your body is composed of roughly 60% water1. That means when we are dehydrated – and most of us spend our days constantly dehydrated to some degree – we are affecting the performance of the majority of our body. Nearly all of our systems do not function as well without the proper water intake.
Have you ever heard anyone say, “I do Pilates to lose weight and keep it off”? Probably not, and here’s why.
The Pilates method of exercise encompasses so much more than physical exercise and physical benefits! Even if you started practicing Pilates to drop some pounds, usually the transformation that happens by practicing Pilates is so much bigger than weight loss that you forget to even mention it when you’re chatting with your friends about the benefits of your Pilates practice!
you are new to Pilates, you may wonder why you can't just take a reformer class and try it out. We understand your frustration with our request to have a few private sessions under your belt before joining group equipment classes and want to explain why in a little more detail.
I'm guessing that you are pretty healthy with no major injuries and have probably tried a lot of different types of exercises over the years, so it seems silly that you wouldn't be just fine to join this Pilates Reformer class. The reality of it is that you would be fine and I'm sure you could make it through class just fine. The reason we don't suggest just jumping into a Pilates Reformer Class without Pilates reformer experience really has to do more with the other participants in class than you.
If you are one of the many people with scoliosis, you know that not all exercises are equal when it comes to strengthening, stretching, and balancing your body. Depending on the severity of your scoliosis you figured out at an early age that many traditional exercises and sports do not feel good in your body.
If no one ever explained to you why this is, you may have even learned to dislike exercise and movement because of your bad experiences. Movement and exercise are supposed to help you feel better, stronger and move easier. Unfortunately for those with scoliosis this is not always the case. Your curve and twist in your spine can make certain movements painful and even impossible. Many movements can create more imbalance in your body and cause pain.
Are you new to mind body exercises like Pilates? Do you see the word FLOW in a class name and think about flowing down the river in a raft? What does it mean to FLOW in a class?
The Pilates method of exercises uses the concept of learning a sequence of exercises and then tying those exercises together in a way that makes it seem like you are constantly moving or flowing. This type of practice allows the practitioner (student) to continually practice specific movements and fine tune them in their body while getting a great workout.
Join us for this COVID-19 Special Memorial Day Pilates Workout Compilation.
9:00 am – Virtual – Happy Shoulders – Bring TheraBand & Foam Roller
10:00 am – West Studio – Reformer Plus
1 pm – Virtual – Abs & Buns – Magic Circle
5 pm – East Studio – Reformer Plus
6:15 pm – Virtual & In East Studio – Burn at the BARRE
9:30 am – Virtual & In West Studio – GYROKINESIS® – Bring Chair/Stool & Mat
12:30 pm – Virtual – Pilates Grounding & Fundamentals
5:30 pm – West Studio – Spring Board
10 am – West Studio – Reformer Plus
1 pm – Virtual – Happy Feet – Bring a Stick, TheraBand, Tennis Ball & Studio 54 wrist bands or hair ties
5 pm – East Studio – Reformer Plus
6 pm – Virtual – Happy Shoulders – Bring TheraBand & Foam Roller
9:30 am – Virtual – Magic Circle Fun
10:30 am – West Studio – Spring Board
5:30 pm – Virtual – GYROTONIC® Homework Series & Upper Body Openings – Bring Chair & Mat – Followed by Social Hour
9 am – Virtual and In West Studio – Burn at the BARRE
10:30 am – Virtual – Shoulders & Legs – Bring TheraBand & Ball
2:00 pm – Virtual & in East Studio – Celebration / Donation GYROKINESIS® Class
It's that time of year again and if you are like many men you are trying to think of a unique, thoughtful gift for your wife that she won't want to return! What about purchasing her a package of private Pilates sessions? I know what you are thinking ... If I buy my wife fitness classes she's going to think I think she needs to lose weight or get into better shape and that could get me in trouble!
Let me put some of your fears at ease and give you some of my top reasons why private Pilates sessions makes a perfect gift and why it may be the best present you've ever gotten her!
I am amazed at how many clients come into a session, expect to do everything perfectly on the first try, and then beat themselves up when they can't do it. It doesn't matter if you danced for twenty years, are an elite athlete, run marathons, lift weights, did Yoga, or if you are in the best shape of your life. If you are brand new to Pilates, you are brand new to Pilates, and it will take some time to learn!
I hear a clients say, "but you just did that exercise perfectly." My response is usually something like: "Let me tell you how many times over the last fifteen years I have done that exercise…(hundreds…even thousands) and I'm still working on it too!"
As a Pilates instructor I often get the question," Where should I be feeling this?".
It seems like a simple enough question but often the answer can be complicated. I find then when people ask me this they want to know if they are doing the exercise correctly and if they are "feeling it" in the correct place. Or maybe something is hurting during the exercise.
I don't know about you, but the thought of having to go to an event or business or even a new dentist or doctor for the first time is on the bottom of my list of favorite things. I would definitely call myself an introvert and it takes some effort on my part to get out of my shell and talk to new people and get out of my comfort zone. I'm also crazy busy with a business and kids and just the thought of setting up something new seems like such a big task that I avoid it if I can.
Barbara Adams has been coming to Studio 54 Pilates & More for six months. She originally came into the studio because of lower back pain. She has participated in Private and Group Classes in Pilates and continues to inspire us with her progress! Here are her answers to our questions.
When did you start working out at Studio 54 Pilates & More and why?
September 11, 2019 for lower back pain.
Describe your workouts. How many days a week do you workout?
At Studio 54 Pilates & More we are super passionate about movement and the amazing benefits movement brings to your life. We find that our clients can be categorized into those who are private clients--those who generally only take one on one sessions with their instructor--and class clients--those who only take group classes.
We think both options are great, and we love to encourage people to do what works best in their schedule and their budget.
Our small group classes are an affordable way to get individualized workouts in on a regular basis and are the best option for most people. If you are a person who regularly takes classes, we want to encourage you to think about doing an occasional private session to take your own movement practice to a whole new level.
I'm a Pilates student and I have a zillion excuses about how much work I have to do. So this top 10 list, is helping me focus for one hour a day on ME!
1. I always feel better when I'm finished!
2. My health is important and Pilates is part of my health care plan.
3. Stress relief. When life is crazy and stressful it's easy to skip the things we need most...all the more reason to make it to the studio.