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How To Set Up Your Own Pilates Exercise Program

Pilates is an excellent way to build strength and flexibility without bulk, and is gentle enough to be used by almost everyone. However, many people believe the only way to properly learn Pilates is through professional classes. A good Pilates exercise program can be designed at home, and since the exercises are easy to understand, professional classes aren’t really needed. Printable instructions are available online for free for almost any exercise.

Design your Pilates exercise program to suit your individual needs and your abilities. For example, if you suffer from lower back pain, add moves such as knee bends and the child’s pose to your routine, but avoid moves that place pressure on the lower back, like chest lifts. If you need to strengthen your arms and shoulders, try the classic arm reach and pull, and add a medicine ball to your routine. Since Pilates focuses on core strength, almost any exercise will strengthen the abdominals and back.

Before deciding which exercises you want to try, go through the movement descriptions carefully, and visualize yourself doing them. If any move seems too awkward to try, feel free to skip it and come back to it later. You should focus on creating a balanced program that works all muscle groups, and in the beginning choose moves that will gradually increase your flexibility instead of requiring that you stretch an unused muscle all at once. Visualization is important while doing the moves themselves, as well. Proper visualization and breathing techniques will help you get the most from your workout as well as prevent injury.

One disadvantage to a home Pilates exercise program is the lack of feedback from an instructor. This problem can be easily solved by working out with a mirror or finding a partner to exercise with. Be honest with yourself about how well you are keeping proper form. If you feel yourself starting to lose form, either bring yourself back to center and try again, or stop doing that particular move. Many times improper form is the result of fatigue and weak muscles, not carelessness. If one exercise or group of movements gives you problems consistently, practice that movement set throughout the day to gradually build up your stamina and improve your form.

Another thing to consider when designing your routine is the amount of equipment you will need. While Pilates exercises typically are based on using controlled movement and body weight, some moves require the use of weights, bands, stability balls, and so on. If your budget doesn’t allow you to purchase this equipment right now, find alternate movements to work the same areas without equipment.

If the thought of designing your own exercise routine is too overwhelming, consider purchasing a book on Pilates and following the routines recommended for beginners. Unless you have done Pilates before, your overall fitness level is not that important. It takes time to learn proper form and muscle control, so even very fit beginners should start with the beginner’s exercises.

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Announcing New Barre Teacher Certification From reCharge Pilates and Barre

Durham, North Carolina (PRWEB) February 18, 2015

reCharge Pilates and Barre is expanding its teacher training program and collaborating with UNC Chapel Hill Campus Recreation to increase its options for fitness enthusiasts. In January, the Durham, North Carolina studio collaborated with UNC Chapel Hill Campus Recreation to help bring popular barre workouts to its campus of over 41,000 students and faculty.

“At UNC Chapel Hill, we strive to provide diverse fitness programs for the University community. This collaboration with reCharge Pilates and Barre provides an opportunity to expand our fitness offerings,” offered Lauren Mangili, Senior Associate Director, UNC Chapel Hill Campus Recreation.

The reCharge® Barre Teacher Training program was created by long-time fitness professional Sloan Rachmuth. The Harvard graduate and former orthopedic surgery consultant created the intensive 20-hour course to be completed in one long weekend at the Durham studio. The reCharge® training course soon be an approved Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) as a continued educational course.

“This intensive barre teacher training program meets the same standards as other certifications,” explains Rachmuth. “However, the weekend timeline allows our students to begin teaching quickly. Moreover, its intensive format promotes faster learning and builds camaraderie with our students — they become friends who support each other in their professional barre-teaching careers.” Graduates of the barre certification program, including some UNC instructors, receive the opportunity to acquire 50 additional hands-on training hours as assistants in the Durham studio.

Every year, the American College of Sports Medicine polls thousands of fitness pros worldwide to predict the biggest workout trends of the year. In 2015, this ACSM poll revealed body-weight strengthening and yoga as top trends. These two formats are the main components of the reCharge® Barre method. reCharge® barre is a total-body workout designed to tone legs and glutes, and strengthen core muscles with the use of a ballet-type barre for balance and structure.

Dates for upcoming teacher training session are April 24-26, 2015, July 17-19, 2015, and November 13-15, 2015 at reCharge Pilates and Barre (Durham location).

Details are available at!barre-teacher-training/c1y03 or by calling (919) 525-1310.

About Us: reCharge® Pilates and Barre, North Carolina’s largest studio dedicated to Barre and Pilates, offers over 35 classes weekly. Wildly entertaining instructors, jamming music, colorized rooms, and aromatherapy add special touches to the cutting-edge studio experience. reCharge® barre teacher training program combines anatomy lessons, choreography clinics, and cueing practicums that give instructors every tool needed to teach an effective and engaging class. For more information visit or call (919) 525-1310.

Bodies by Pilates Is Expanding and Moving to a New Location in Phoenixville, Pa.

Phoenixville, PA (PRWEB) February 07, 2015

Bodies by Pilates has moved to 235 Bridge St. in Phoenixville, PA in order to expand the number of classes offered to customers. The 3,500sf space has been completely refurbished and has transformed into a world class Pilates studio. The lay-out allows for three classes to be run at the same time, therefore keeping up with the demand of loyal clients. Bodies by Pilates will also become the Peak Pilates Education center for the Mid-Atlantic region for students to get professional training (Peak Levels, 1, 2 & 3) and enable their own career as a Pilates teacher. Bodies by Pilates will also be the first studio to offer “Body Shred” an all new HIIT that involves Boxing/Kickboxing into targets, mixed w/calisthenics in a soundproof music filled room that will get the heart pumping.

What is it? — Pilates is a form of exercise that has been around since the 1920s. Not until recently has it been brought to the masses in most communities and people from every walk of life are getting addicted. Place your hand a few inches above your belly button, then suck in your abdominal muscles by pulling the belly button back and down into the spine. This movement is the very core of the principles of Pilates. Joseph Pilates developed his method in the early 20th century as a way to help sick patients rehabilitate their bodies from illness or after an injury. It has evolved from there into a great program for athletes, dancers and people from all facets of life to stay injury free and operate at their best level. Quite simply Pilates is the most effective exercise for our modern day sedentary lives society has transitioned to as a result of industrialization & office work.

“Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit!” ~ Joseph H. Pilates

Pilates’ method uses apparatus — the Cadillac and Reformer being the most well-known — with springs that provide the resistance and assistance needed to work the entire body from the core, or the Powerhouse. Pilates movements are controlled by engaging the abdominal muscles while making sure to not tighten the neck, lose the stomach contraction or hunch the shoulders. In time, the body will lengthen, tone, realign and increase in flexibility.

Who can do it — Pilates is not age, gender, or fitness level specific! Pilates is for everyone. There are more than 600 exercises, so as students get stronger they can increase resistance or increase the intensity of the movement. Pilates is also great for those recovering from injury, who are postpartum, have scoliosis, multiple sclerosis, cancer and even people going through chemotherapy.

What to Wear — Nonrestrictive clothing like leggings and tank tops is recommended, to allow for full upper and lower body movement. Clean socks are required at all times. Jewelry, watches and rings should not be worn and long hair is best tied back.

What is the Cost — Purchase one of the various club memberships for monthly group class participation. All classes are open to the community and do not require a membership. Bodies by Pilates offers class “tickets” in packages anywhere from 8 to 30 classes.

Why Bodies by Pilates: “Transform your Body…Transform your Life.” After many years in the fitness industry Deb Lemon has established herself as one of the top trainers in the Fitness industry and has created Bodies by Pilates due to her love for this form of fitness. Deb has created a space folks will call a second home, built a team of professionally trained teachers and adapted the most effective form of exercise into an affordable business model for all customers. The studio offers an affordable luxury that everyone needs. Please visit the website for more information visit our webpage.

Pilates for Real Results — Don’t settle for any workout session that doesn’t deliver results. Every person has different and very specific needs and goals. Bodies by Pilates teaches “real” Pilates….not something sort of like Pilates. Whether it’s a mat class or an equipment class, classical Pilates gets you results. The transformation is not only physical, but also mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Quality Staff — “The Body Achieves only what the Mind Believes.” The mind body connection is an essential part of learning and practicing Pilates. It takes an experienced and well trained teacher to help achieve this. All teachers have taken the Peak Pilates comprehensive training program and have a minimum of 200 hours of training (most have over 1,000 hours) in Pilates that encompasses anatomy, kinesiology and program design, and all teachers maintain a dedicated personal practice. The teachers treat every class as an investment in yourself and are dedicated to making students get the most from it.

Pleasant Environment — The Studio environment at Bodies by Pilates is uniquely comfortable and makes all feel at home. A serene atmosphere away from the noise and disruptions of the outside world, the facility is fully equipped with top of line Peak Pilates reformers, chairs, barrels, towers and more. Bodies by Pilates provides private sessions, small and large group classes designed to accommodate every level of fitness and experience. No matter what class everybody will leave feeling accomplished, more fit, stronger, maybe even taller…which Pilates has become known for.

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North American Seminars introduces Pilates Rehab Integration Strategies, a new CA, NV, FL, NJ and IL state approved Continuing Education Course for PT,OT, COTA and PTA.

Franklin TN (PRWEB) October 31, 2014

This one day OT PT continuing Education Course course blends home study training from a professionally filmed and mastered DVD with online access with face to face interactive instruction and hands on lab sessions. The course has been carefully designed to maximize the learning experience by combining the self-paced online/DVD home study materials with a focused hands-on training session in the classroom.

Pilates is an effective treatment tool when properly integrated into a rehabilitation program. The proper integration of Pilates principles for orthopedic, neurologic, and geriatric populations will be presented during the online educational course and reinforced with a one day hands-on training session supported with lecture. Case study presentations with discussion of the supporting theories of Pilates exercises are integrated into the live and online materials. Expert HD video demonstrates, with narration, over 80 Pilates techniques and exercises and is delivered online and with a DVD. The live session reinforces these concepts and techniques and provides comprehensive lab sessions devoted to learning, properly executing, and cueing Pilates mat exercises. Small apparatus, including foam rolls, Swiss balls, and rings, will be used during lab exercises for modifications and advancements.

Supporting written material is provided for the online as well as live training sessions, and a DVD is provided for self-paced offline learning and reference. Specifically, participants will receive a comprehensive manual containing information on the evidence-based practice of Pilates in rehabilitation (including references to current research articles, types of exercises, effectiveness of Pilates, comparison of Pilates with other forms of exercises, and the use of Pilates in various patient populations) and a professionally filmed and mastered interactive DVD with online access.

This OT PT Pilates CME course will provide a deeper understanding of how to properly perform and instruct patients on Pilates techniques. This understanding forms the basis for integrating Pilates principles, fundamental and core stabilization exercises into your specific rehab programs and real life patient related functional activities. Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to immediately integrate their knowledge in the clinical setting to provide a Pilates-based treatment program to the orthopedic, neurologic, and/or geriatric patient for improved functional outcomes.

This Pilates Rehab Continuing Education Course will be presented at:

January 30, 2015-January 30, 2015 presented at UHS-Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas, NV

Tuition: $ 399.00- 7 Live 10 Home Study    

March 20, 15-March 20, 2015 presented at San Ramon Regional Medical Center in San Ramon, CA Tuition: $ 399.00-7 Live 10 Home Study    

June 05, 2015-June 05, 2015 presented at Vital Rehabilitation in Chicago, IL Tuition: $ 399.00-8 Live 12 Home Study

October 02, 2015-October 02, 2015 presented at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, NJ Tuition: $ 399.00-7 Live 10 Home Study    

November 07, 2015-November 07, 2015 presented at Baptist Hospital of Miami in Miami, FL Tuition: $ 399.00-8 Live 12 Home Study    

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