No matter how you slice it, running is a repetitive sport. In fact, it's about as repetitive as it gets! Certain muscle groups are massively over-worked (leg muscles, superficial abdominals, front of chest) while others are woefully neglected (glutes, upper back muscles and deep core). Pilates is excellent for realigning and rebalancing the body; however, a typical Pilates class might not be the best medicine for runners. A typical Pilates class involves A LOT of hip and torso flexion, and this might leave runners feeling more imbalanced than when they came into class.
You’ve been sitting at your desk for a few hours at your computer and on the phone. Your neck, shoulders and back feel super stiff, but your scheduled workout is hours away. What do you do? We have the answer for you: door frame stretches!
Workout at WORK! A mini-workout/stretch sequence that you can do even on your busiest work day. "I don't have time to workout" is a lamentation that we hear all too often. But many don't realize that even a mini workout can be effective on physiological, biomechanical and psychological levels. A short, ten minute workout can stimulate the heart rate (and that means fat burning) and revitalize your mood. The simple and practical stair stretches (that you can do in a stairwell) will restore alignment and relieve tension.
You've finished your Pilates workout. You feel stronger, longer, leaner. Then, what happens? You stand up and possibly sink back into the the bad habits that you just tried to derail with your Pilates practice. Well, here are some tips so that you can continue your Pilates training off the mat as well as on.
It is VERY easy, especially at the beginning of your Pilates journey, to become so overwhelmed with the details and minutia that a) Pilates is no longer enjoyable, or b) you find yourself moving very slowly or hardly moving at all in an attempt to get it all "right". But, at the risk of being a little cliche, Rome was not built in a day!
A common question we get is, "Am I breathing right?" The answer is always "YES!" While of course there is a rhyme and reason to the coordination of inhales and exhales with each Pilates exercise, breathing in general is a VERY good thing. One of the worst things that clients can do when they first try Pilates is hold the breath because they are fearful of getting the "breath wrong".