Here is a taste of some great Pilates strengthening exercises!I love this video, it is a great video to show how Pilates works every muscle but also has a stretching and lengthening aspect to the practice. Veronica is a great Pilates Instructor in Dallas, TX. If you are in Dallas, take a class/private at Telos Fitness!
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Valentine’s Day is coming up very soon! What do you usually give for Valentine’s Day? If you typically wait to the very last second to buy flowers or chocolate, try something different this year and give the gift of a healthy mind and body! Give the gift of pilates classes or personal private sessions and say goodbye to flowers with an expiration forever! The Pilates Gift Certificates are a new way to give the gift of cool. They can be personalized to give any number and any type of pilates classes to the person you love. Here is how it works: What type of class do you want to give, and how many? You could give 2 privates and 5 mat classes, or 10 privates... the list is endless. You can completely customize the number and amount of classes you want to give. Once you decide on what combination you want, call to order. We can then set up a time to pick up the custom certificate. All coupons have a 1 year expiration date. Pilates Certificates are an awesome present for anyone who has never done pilates, but has always wanted to try. The gift of pilates is an excellent gift for anyone who is stressed and needs to relax and reconnect with their body. It is also a great way to treat those who are already coming to our classes. Keep Pilates for You Certificates in mind for birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, and any other special occassions!
Pilates is a perfect cross training practice!
Pilates is perhaps the best cross training for skiing possible. The benefits of Pilates are balance, flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. By balancing muscles, improving flexibility and balance, you can not only prevent common injuries but also improve your performance enabling you to ski longer with less time in the lodge. If you spend any time in Colorado or Utah where moguls can become monsters, you’ll appreciate the additional core strength gained from Pilates.
Skiers recruit power from the hips and core and skiing relies on a lateral side-to-side hip movement to access the control of the ski. Tapping into a strong core, you’ll improve your balance, agility, and be more in control. Integrating core strength into your ski edging, you’ll transfer energy to your skis. By tightening your core, you’ll reduce impact on your back, hips, and knees. Since core strength improves balance you may also find yourself falling less. Being flexible and agile at high speeds, changing snow conditions, varying steepness of trails, and obstacles such as trees, moguls, and people is common to skiers. As you improve your alignment and core strength your movements become energy efficient, minimize wear and tear on your joints, and more enjoyable. You’ll be more in tune with your body, know your limits, and enjoy your season.
The Wunda Chair, Reformer, Cadillac, Mat, and all apparatus exercises benefit the beginner to advanced skier. One featured strengthening addition to the Reformer is the Jumpboard. The Jumpboard exercises on the Reformer strengthen the small supporting muscles in the feet and ankles, while strengthening the core and legs. There are several variations of movements using the Jumpboard. “Moguls” on the Jumpboard specifically strengthen the lateral leg and hip muscles recruited while skiing. While “Cross-country” strengthens the anterior and posterior leg and hip muscles.