EP 206: Grasshopper on the BoSU

Grasshopper on the BoSU is a variation of the classical Pilates exercise Grasshopper which is performed on the Barrels and the Reformer. ; This exercise increases flexibility of the spine in extension and tones the backs of the legs and the buttocks.

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EP 203: Side Lying Staggered Legs on BoSU

Staggered Leg Lifts on the BoSU is a variation of original Pilates side lying exercises. ; Performing this exercise atop the BoSU challenges balance and stability, which strengthens the core more than performing the exercise on the mat.

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EP 202: Watchdog with the Stretcheze

Watchdog with the Stretch-eze® is a variation of original Pilates exercises that occur in plank position such as Leg Pull Front and Push Up. ;Using the Stretch-eze® both provides the light resistance necessary to fully energize the working leg and provide a gentle reminder to the abdominal muscles to remain contracted, and support the torso, not allowing the spine to extend throughout the movement. Youll tone the muscles of the legs and abs and improve the quality of your plank exercises.

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EP 201: Swan Dive on the Bosu

Swan Dive on the Bosu is a variation of the original Pilates exercise “Swan Dive” that occurs in various forms on almost every piece of Pilates equipment. Performing the Swan Dive on the Bosu can both assist and challenge: the height of the Bosu increases range of motion of the Swan Dive which is especially helpful for those with limited flexibility of the spine in attention. The instability of the Bosu, however, challenges the practitioner to move evenly and fluidly against the tendency to waver side to side. You’ll tone your erector spinae, hip extensors (gluteus maximus and hamstrings) and arm muscles while increasing flexibility of the spine.

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EP 200: Spine Twist with the Stretch-eze

Spine Twist with the Stretch-eze® is a variation of the original Pilates exercise Spine Twist. ; Using the Stretch-eze® provides both light resistance at the rib cage to feel the rotation coming from the spine (and not the arms!) as well as the light resistance necessary to fully energize the legs throughout the exercise.

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EP 199: Superman on the Bosu

Superman on the Bosu is a variation of the original Pilates exercise Breaststroke and other prone Pilates exercises. Performing this exercise on the Bosu adds instability, which forces the deep stabilizers of the spine the core muscles to contract. Because the exercise begins in slight lumbar (lower back) flexion, Superman on the Bosu focuses on the extensors of the thoracic spine (upper back) and should not create tension in the lower back. Youll tone the muscles of the upper back and improve your posture!

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