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What Are You Looking At? The Importance of Eye Focus and Pilates Exercise

Using Eye Focus and Pilates Exercise to Improve Form & Function for Healthy Movement Habits I know I’ve written about this topic in the past, but recently have been cueing my clients and drawing their attention to where they’re looking during different exercises.  It doesn’t matter WHAT the exercise is, where the eyes focus can […]

Posted by Aliesa George in Functional Movement, Pilates, Pilates Exercises, Techniques & Teaching Tips.

Pilates Exercise Tips: Healthy Hips and Hinging Exercises

Hinging exercises for healthy hips are an important part of Pilates training to develop healthy movement habits.  We have lots of joints that hinge – our elbows, knees, and hips are the big three, (and then lots of little finger & toe digits…) and while they’re ALL important, I believe understanding how to get a […]

Posted by Aliesa George in Pilates.

Core Training Exercise: The Tabletop Prop – Help Strengthen the Abs and Relax the Thighs

Core Training Exercise: The Tabletop Prop Simple Exercise Strategies To Strengthen the Abs and Relax the Thighs I often see people in the gym doing sit ups thinking that they are working hard to develop the strength of their abdominal muscles, but their thigh muscles (Quads) are the ones doing most of the work! Here’s […]

Posted by Aliesa George in Exercise and Fitness, Pilates, Pilates Exercises, Techniques & Teaching Tips.

Pilates Side Plank Exercise Variations

How To Add More Challenge to Your Simple Side Plank for an Advanced Pilates Mat Workout There are many different ways to tweak the Side Plank exercise and provide variety and challenge.  BUT the technique of getting into and out of the Side Plank position needs to be the same for any version you do […]

Posted by Aliesa George in Pilates, Pilates Exercises, Techniques & Teaching Tips.

Abs vs. Thighs: Maximizing Effective Pilates Ab Work for Core Conditioning – Oblique’s vs. Quads

 Part 6 of 6 in the series of articles about Abs vs. Thighs If you’ve been following the series of articles I’ve written on Abs vs. Thighs for improving Pilates exercise technique and core conditioning, this is the final post in this series of articles on Abs vs. Thighs.  Many people believe their doing effective […]

Posted by Aliesa George in Exercise and Fitness, Functional Movement, Pilates, Pilates Exercises, Techniques & Teaching Tips.

Abs vs. Thighs: Improving Core Strength with Pilates Matwork

The Pilates Double Leg Lift Exercise with a Partner This article is number 5 of 6 in the core strengthening series of articles about Abs vs. Thighs.  Improve your core conditioning, get more effective work from your Abdominal muscles, and help reduce lower back pain with the helpful Pilates training tips in this article to […]

Posted by Aliesa George in Pilates.

Core Conditioning Exercise Tips To Improve Pilates Exercise Technique

Abs vs. Thighs: The Pilates Hundred Exercise with Feet in Straps or Leg Springs This article is PART 4 OF 6 – in the series of articles about Abs vs. Thighs. To effectively work the Abdominals for core conditioning it is optimal to target the core when the Quadriceps muscles are relaxed. To help get […]

Posted by Aliesa George in Pilates, Pilates Exercises, Techniques & Teaching Tips.

Abs vs. Thighs: For Effective Core Conditioning – Strengthen the Hamstrings & Glutes

Lots of people focus time during their workouts on improving core conditioning with abdominal exercises. But when the initiation to do the work for a sit-up exercise starts with the hip flexors and Quads, it limits the ability to move freely for functional movement and full range of motion.  Plus, while the abs might fatigue […]

Posted by Aliesa George in Pilates, Pilates Exercises, Techniques & Teaching Tips.

Abs vs. Thighs: Preparatory Exercises to Help Find the Abs & Relax the Hip Flexors for Effective Core Strengthening

***This article is the 2nd in a series of Abs vs. Thighs to improve core strengthening.  Click on the link, If you missed the first article “Abs vs. Thighs: Which Muscles Are Really Working To Strengthen Your Core”to start at the beginning of this series for all the details! Use this easy preparatory Pilates exercise […]

Posted by Aliesa George in Exercise and Fitness, Pilates, Pilates Exercises, Techniques & Teaching Tips.

Pilates Training Tips: How to Execute a Great Side Plank

This is the 2nd article related to improving the Pilates Side Plank exercise.  If you missed the first article, Pilates Training Tips: Preparatory Exercises for Side Plank, you might find it a helpful  to review and practice some of the recommended preparatory exercises first, then progress to the more advanced Side Plank exercise described here. […]

Posted by Aliesa George in Pilates, Pilates Exercises, Techniques & Teaching Tips.