Pilates isn’t about weight loss. Pilates isn’t about getting a thigh gap. Pilates is a series of body-weight exercises (or using a number of machines, but still no weights) that attempt to fix muscle imbalances, fix posture, and improve balance. It works to decompress the spine, improve flexibility, and increase circulation.
What Cassey Ho teaches is a general fitness class with a few Pilates moves thrown in. Pilates isn’t “do a thousand squats,” it’s “make sure you’re not overusing your quads in this movement.” Pilates, in truthful practice, is an amazing way to learn your body and balance muscles that have been overworked.
On your back, start with knees to chest. Place hands behind head and look to your core, keep you upper body still, connect your heels and press your legs out on an angle that you can keep the core engaged. Then pull in with “frog” legs imagining a heavy spring that you are pulling with your feet from a wall in font of you. Push (inhale) and pull (exhale) with this imagined resistance. Repeat 5-10 times. Modification –leave head and shoulders on the ground and just work the leg movement. For extra lower back support place hands under your bottom in a V shape.
We are excited to welcome over 60 students from around the country and Canada to our Pre-Professional Summer intensive over the next six weeks. Here they are in pilates class with Leila Pepper.
I don’t, actually. I’ve never done Pilates on YouTube. Do any of my readers have suggestions?
Edit: out of 11 responses so far, 5 people have suggested exactly what past-ispast said they weren’t looking for: Cassey Ho/Blogilates/Pop Pilates. Not yelling at anyone, but can we try to suggest something else? (A big thank you to hanberlin, who suggested a trainer I’d never heard of before but looks very promising.)
Fresh out of teaching magic circle mat class and still feeling the burn from fluttering kicking into bikini butt shape. Good morning hamstrings!
Have you played with this “ring of fire” before? I’m shooting a few videos using this prop for my subscribers. Email going out next week. Hop on my list and get the free video in your inbox. I can’t believe Summer is flying so fast!
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