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Osteoporosis and Pilates

As baby boomers segue from child-rearing to retirement, they find themselves bombarded by the media with information about osteoporosis. It makes sense, considering that more than 44 million American men and women age 50 and older have osteoporosis or its precursor, osteopenia. So between news articles about calcium and vitamin D, Sally Field promoting the drug Boniva on TV commercials and the now-ubiquitous term “weight-bearing exercise,” we are all hearing a great deal about this epidemic.

Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:05AM by Registered CommenterPilates-Pro in , , , | Comments2 Comments | References5 References

URBAN HEALTH LEGENDS DEBUNKED

Before we get to the myths, a quick word about me. The reason I’m called “The Rogue Nutritionist” is that I’m the one in the crowd pointing an unimpressed finger at boneheaded notions about nutrition, weight loss, diet and health. So as you might imagine, myth-busting is one of my favorite activities. In this column, I’ve chosen 10 of my favorite doozies. Some are new; some are old but still around despite being past their expiration dates; and some are enjoying an undeserved resurrection from the graveyard of bad ideas.

Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 01:52PM by Registered CommenterPilates-Pro in , , | Comments1 Comment | References6 References

A Pilates Approach To Posture And Alignment

Assessing clients’ posture or alignment can sometimes be overwhelming for both novice and experienced Pilates instructors. Even with all our knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology, movement and injuries, it can be hard to know where to start. The best place to begin is from a global, rather than a local, perspective; alignment anomalies translate into a bigger picture of how people move and what they feel in their bodies.

Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 09:53AM by Registered CommenterPilates-Pro in , , | CommentsPost a Comment | References76 References

Are Men Afraid Of Pilates?

Most men love sports, which requires strength, flexibility, stability and balance—so why aren’t more men flocking to Pilates studios? It’s been 17 years since I begin teaching Pilates and 10 years since I opened my own studio, and during that time only one thing’s been missing: men. I’ve taught Pilates to men, including a few professional athletes, however, I think many studio owners will agree that women vastly outnumber men as clients.

Build your Bones and a Better Future

Many of us in the under-50 age range think about bone health as a concern for our grandmothers or our mothers, but rarely for ourselves. I did too, until I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in my late 20s.

How To Avoid The Pitfalls Of Exclusive Training

As human beings, we like to get attached. We get attached to our favorite foods, clothes, places and activities. We become attached to doing things a certain way and we even get attached to people - people we feel a connection to, relate to and feel comfortable around.

Breathing on Footwork – Pilates Reformer Exercises

“I’ve been attending group reformer classes for about a year now and have recently switched to another studio for private lessons. At the group classes, I’ve been taught to exhale when extending the legs and inhale on the carriage return. My new instructor, however, teaches the opposite. So I’ve gotten a bit confused, and I have to ‘re-educate’ my mind as I’ve signed up for a 10-session package. Based on the information I’ve gathered so far it seems like exhaling when moving arms/legs away from the body is more common. What is your take on this? Or does it not really matter? Thanks!”

The Top 3 Things You Need to Know About Shaky Muscles 

Have you ever been so tired that your eye starts twitching? Besides an awkward wink that is potentially attracting the wrong people, it’s a telltale sign of fatigue. A good night’s sleep is a quick remedy for an uncontrollable eye twitch.

Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 03:43PM by Registered CommenterPilates-Pro in , , , | CommentsPost a Comment | References3 References

Creating Pilates For The Youth

When making a difference in our clients’ lives with the elite tools of Pilates, we’re typically teaching adults, not the younger population. I have to say that, as teachers, we should be using our education to make sure the next generation becomes familiar with Pilates and the benefits—for years to come.

Featured Teacher: Erin Haag

We’ve all been there before - the eager Pilates apprentice anxiously preparing to become a Pilates instructor. We were drawn to the Pilates Method, each for our own reasons, and decided to share our passion for it with others. As a former dancer, I was drawn to “The Method” because it reminded me so much of my dance training; the control and concentration needed to perform each exercise with perfect technique. As a Pilates apprentice in the Power Pilates Teacher Training Program, I absolutely loved the way Pilates made me feel! I loved putting every ounce of energy into performing exercises to ideal standards and perfectly instructing my fellow apprentices using the Power Pilates teaching formula. I remember being surrounded by other like-minded apprentices and thinking, “We are all awesome Pilates practitioners.” I was living on a so-called Pilates cloud nine, and I believed that everyone I taught would feel the same way about Pilates.

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