Movement is dynamic, and while we need to be stable, we are not looking to overly grip on any joints, but for a balanced muscle activation. So we do look for in many Pilates exercises, is a full extension the knees – an active drawing upward of the kneecap toward the hip bone.
The Pilates exercise, The Saw, is an easy-looking exercise that is beautifully complex. In this exercise we get the abdominals, especially obliques, involved as we twist and flex, stretching the spine upward and then over the leg in length. This is an excellent one to keep in your routine if you’re a golfer, or a runner.
The first part of the year has gone by so quickly. We don’t want it to slip away without taking the time to recognize our successes. Why? Because it’ll help keep your “resolution” FRESH in mind and your motivation clear. While the New Year isn’t so new anymore, that doesn’t mean you can’t do a Resolution Refresh. Find all the good nuggets in your first 90 days of 2015 and keep cheering yourself on!
A great pair of exercises that help rebalance the muscles that often become weak from hours of being desk-bound! This move targets all the muscles typically weakened from the sedentary posture, by opening up the hips, chest and shoulders. As with all Pilates exercises, you want an initiation in the core, and then you’ll be working the glutes, hamstrings, and the upper back muscles that help to stabilize your shoulder blades and counter tight pecs.