Shoulder Bridge with the Stretch-eze® is a variation of the original Pilates exercises Shoulder Bridge. The tension of the Stretch-eze® serves the dual purposes of preventing the knees from overly abducting and providing a tactile cue for the neutral position at the top of the movement. Also, with the Stretch-eze® around the knees, practitioners can more easily imagine energy reaching out the femurs and hip sockets, thus creating the feeling of an elongated spine.
Reverse Long Stretch on the Foam Roller is a variation of the Pilates reformer exercise Long Stretch. The difficulty of this exercise varies greatly according to body type, so while some of you may find it easy and achieve a larger range of motion than we do, others will be challenged with minimal range of motion. Draw your belly button into your spine and maintain the pelvis and spine in neutral throughout to strengthen the core and flatten the abs
Inverted Scissors on the BoSU is a variation of the original Pilates exercise Scissors on the arc barrel, small barrel or spine corrector. This exercise strengthens the abdominal muscles while the unstable surface of the BoSU targets and thus strengthens the core musculature.
Single Leg Circle with the Stretch-eze® is a variation of the original Pilates exercises Single Leg Circle or One Leg Circle. The tension of the Stretch-eze® reminds practitioners to keep the leg on the mat energized as the leg in the air performs the circles. This aids in stabilizing the spine, pelvis and torso against the movement of the leg, which is the goal of the exercise!
Hip Lift on the Foam Roller is a variation of the original Pilates Reformer exercise “Hip Lift.” The abdominal muscles work to hold the pelvis in neutral as the hamstrings work eccentrically and concentrically to control the roller. You’ll tone the backs of the legs and flatten the abs!
Buddha Sit on the BoSU is a fun addition to any original Pilates or contemporary Pilates workout! By sitting on the flat side of the BoSU, youll feel your core muscles engage as your body naturally endeavors to remain upright. This can be a fun way to end class to center and align your students one last time!