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Simple Pilates Exercises That Can Help Relieve...
Learn about how to exercise for sciatic nerve pain relief. Brent Anderson from Polestar Pilates talks about Pilates exercise for sciatica - what to do, and what not to do.
13 Pilates Moves Beginners Can Do
This set of Pilates beginner exercises will help you build the core abdominal strength, stability, and flexibility that Pilates mat exercises are famous for.
Is the Pilates Exercise Method Right for You?
Famous for developing strength, flexibility and coordination, not to mention flat abs., Pilates is appreciated by everyone from elite athletes to seniors. Find out what makes the Pilates method so unique.
How Pilates Can Help You Burn Calories for...
Calculating how many calories we burn when we do Pilates is an inexact science at best. Here we look at factors that influence how many calories Pilates workouts require and how you can estimate the calories you burn.
The First 10 Classic Pilates Mat Exercises
There is a traditional order to the Pilates mat exercises, as developed by Joseph Pilates. Here are the first 10 exercises of a classical Pilates mat exercise workout.
The Ultimate Waist Shrinking Pilates Move
The best Pilates Abdominal move to slim and tighten your waist
You Might Not Be Working These Important Muscles
The pelvic floor muscles provide support for our organs, and aid pelvic stability in movement. Learn how to use exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor.
What Is a Pilates Reformer and How Do You Use It?
Learn about the benefits of the Pilates reformer and exercises. The Pilates reformer is one of the most popular pieces of Pilates equipment.
30-Day Quick Start Pilates Exercise Program
This Pilates beginner exercise program takes you through a 30 days of Pilates workout plan.
How to Prepare for Your First Beginners Pilates...
How to prepare for beginning Pilates Classes. What to wear to do a Pilates workout, what to bring to Pilates class, and what to expect at a Pilates studio.
The 6 Fundamental Pilates Exercises
Pilates Fundamental exercises teach the movement principles that the Pilates method exercises are built on. Here is a sample set of Pilates fundamental exercises.
Anatomy of the Spine
This explanation of the human spine includes pictures and diagrams of the anatomy of the spine. We look at the vertebrae, the curvatures of the spine, and why Pilates exercises focus on support and flexibility for the spine, and may relieve back pain in the process.
Why Is It So Difficult to Get a Flat Stomach?
A flat stomach is great when you can get one just through exercise. Sometimes abdominal exercises aren't enough. Here are some reasons why you might not be able to pull your abs in.
10 Reasons You Should Be Doing Pilates Right Now
Learn the benefits of the Pilates method of exercise training. Pilates does more than create flat abs, tone the body, and support weight loss. Pilates is whole-body fitness training.
Can Doing Pilates Really Help You Lose Weight?
Many People do Pilates to tone their muscles, gain strength and flexibility, and to lose weight. Creating lean muscle mass, as Pilates does, is one of the best ways to increase your calorie-burning potential.
Photo Reference for Beginner Pilates Reformer...
See a photo demonstration of a complete beginner Pilates reformer workout. The beginner Pilates exercises here are beautifully performed and accompanied by notes and tips.
The Anatomy of a Pilates Reformer
The Pilates reformer can be a scary looking machine, but is an elegant resistance exercise equipment. Here is an introduction to its parts and functions.
Pilates Quick Workout 1
Use this series of free Pilates mat exercises anytime you want a quick Pilates workout. It includes a warm up, exercises that tone the abdominals, back, arms, legs and butt, as well as some stretching.
How to Strengthen Your Feet with Arch Lifts
Foot exercises are an important way to keep the arches of the feet lifted, strong and flexible. Learn arch lifts, an easy foot strengthening exercise.
Pilates Exercises Balance Hip Flexor and...
Your hip flexors might be taking over your abdominal exercises. Learn to use Pilates to increase the power of your abdominal exercises by staying out of your hip flexors.
Follow This 7 Step Series to Get Flat Abs
One of the benefits of Pilates is that doing the exercises correctly can give you flat abs. Include this series of free Pilates abdominal exercises in your workout routine and find out why Pilates offers the best ab exercises and core strength builders.
Here's Your List of Pilates Exercises in...
Here is a printable list of Pilates exercises. These are the Pilates mat exercises listed in the classical Pilates mat order as seen in Joseph Pilates book, Return to Life.
Here's How to Do a Pilates Roll Up
The roll up is a classic Pilates exercises. Roll up is a great ab exercise, and is well known as an exercise for flat abs. It has been said that one Pilates roll up is equal to six regular sit ups, and is much better than crunches for creating a flat stomach.
How to Find Your Natural Spine Position
Neutral Spine is the natural position of the spine, with all 3 curves of the spine in good alignment. Knowing neutral spine placement is crucial for doing Pilates exercises properly.
Learn Pilates Exercises to Help Decrease Back...
Pilates exercises can help decrease back pain, including low back pain. Learn beginner Pilates exercises that promote core stability, and stretch and strengthen the back.
How to Use Your Abs for Core Strength and...
Whether you are doing Pilates or engaged in other exercises, it is essential to know how to pull in your abs in a way that builds strength, supports the spine, and provides stability.
Hip Extension Basics
Hip extension is part of everyday movement like walking, running and stair stepping but many of us have weak hip extensors -- hamstrings and glutes -- so we don't full power. Learn about hip extension exercises and why they are good buttock firming exercises.
How You Can Avoid Dizziness While Exercising
Dizziness and nausea while exercising are not uncommon among athletes who train really hard, but what about those of us doing moderate exercise, like Pilates?
Learn the Pilates Hundred in Just 7 Steps
The hundred is a classic Pilates exercise. It builds core strength, stamina and coordination. To do this exercise well, you must fully engage the abdominal muscles while you practice a dynamic breathing pattern.
The 6 Essential Principles of Pilates
The Pilates principles are concepts that inform the Pilates method of exercise and set it apart from other exercise programs. The Pilates principles apply to every Pilates exercise, mat or equipment.
Research says get out of your chair. Do these 3...
Research says get out of your chair. Do these 3 Moves.
What's the Difference Between Good Carbs and...
Knowing what complex carbohydrates are, and the difference between good carbs and bad carbs is one of your best ways to promote optimum nutrition and fitness. Find out how simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates affect nutrition and health in general.
The 5 Best Sites for Free Pilates Videos
Find the best online Pilates videos. Top choices for Pilates exercises in free online video and podcast format.
Become a Pilates Instructor with These Training...
Use this list of Pilates certification programs to find a program right for you. Includes links to Pilates instructor training programs from Stott Pilates, Power Pilates, Peak Pilates and more.
What You Need to Know Before Buying a Pilates...
Pilates magic circles, also known as exercise rings, magic rings, fitness circles, and many other like descriptions are small pieces of Pilates exercise equipment. They are great for toning the abs, arms, butt, legs and torso. Here are some things to consider before you buy a magic circle.
Etiquette for Pilates Classes
From workout clothing to Pilates equipment and in-class behavior, use this list to review Dos and Don'ts before your next Pilates class.
Get to Know Joseph Pilates, Founder of the...
Read this short biography of Joseph Pilates, the founder of the Pilates method of exercise and the inventor of the Pilates exercise equipment. Joseph Pilates story is an essential part of the history of Pilates.
How Do You Become a Certified Pilates Instructor?
In this article, I explore Pilates instructor certification. We look at Pilates mat certification and equipment certification, and what you might expect from each.
The Single Most Important Exercise for You and...
Forget 45 minutes a day. Practice this one move and live a longer life.
A Beginner's Guide to Pilates
Pilates is a beginner friendly fitness method. Use this page as a guide to the information and exercise principles that will help you get the most benefit from your Pilates workout program. Here, you will find everything from how to choose a Pilates class and instructor, to how to do basic Pilates moves.
Tucked vs Neutral Pelvic Alignment in Exercise
Learn about the importance of pelvic alignment in exercise. These examples from Pilates show the difference between a tucked and neutral pelvic alignment, and why you want to avoid a very tucked pelvis.
The First 5 Exercises for Getting Pilates Strong
The first 5 Pilates exercises will change your body. And the world. According to Joe Pilates.
Here's What You Need to Know Before Buying a...
Here is a buyers' guide for Pilates exercise mats. Having the right equipment can do wonders for your Pilates experience. An exercise mat could well be your first choice for doing Pilates at home. Read through this buyers guide before you make up your mind what kind of mat you want for Pilates exercise.
What Do I Wear to Do Pilates?
What kind of clothing do you wear to do a Pilates or yoga workout? Find out what workout clothing is best for Pilates and yoga fitness classes.
How To Do Pilates Fundamental Exericise - Knee...
Knee folds is a Pilates fundamental exercise. It teaches pelvic stability and efficient movement principles. This is one of the Pilates exercises that is often used to help relieve back pain.
Top Pilates on DVD - Reviews and Guide Picks
Find top Pilates on DVD choices. Here are Pilates DVD recommendations based on reviews and divided by beginner, intermediate, advanced, and special interest categories.
What's So Important About the Psoas Muscle?
Learn about the psoas muscle. The psoas is an important core muscle that is often blamed for low back pain. Find out more about the psoas and how to avoid psoas muscle pain.
How Can Pilates Help With Your Back Pain?
Pilates teaches correct posture, helping people with back pain get relief from the imbalances that cause back pain. Find out more about why Pilates exercises work for back pain.
Is It Safe to Do Pilates Everyday?
Can you do a Pilates workout every day? What would such a workout look like and how could your Pilates routine safe and effective? Find out how to keep your Pilates workouts interesting and safe every day.
Pilates on YouTube™
Get tips on how to find the best Pilates on YouTube and how to spot the videos not to watch.
Are You Ready for Pilates Teacher Training?
Are you ready to become a Pilates teacher? These questions will help you decide if Pilates instructor certification is right for you. Includes links to Pilates certification programs.
Healthy at Work - Your Workstation Setup
Computer monitor height and distance are a critical part of your workstation setup. Learn how far away and how high your computer monitor should be.
Learn Lateral Breathing
The Pilates breathing method, lateral breathing, will help you breathe deeply even when your abdominals are pulled in.
How to Do a Chest Lift in 7 Simple Steps
Pilates Chest Lift looks a lot like an abdominal crunch, but beware, it's not! Use these instructions to work your abdominals in a way more effective than the common crunch.
Supported Roll Back
Supported Roll Back makes a perfect warm up for the abdominals and spine. It is also one of the best exercises for figuring out how to use your abdominal muscles in Pilates. The support of the hands behind the knees also allows one experiment with how the abs are engaging, and the amount of challenge they take on at different points in the sequence.
Single Leg Stretch
Single leg stretch is one of the best Pilates mat exercises for working the abdominals. It is an especially good exercise for the lower abdominals. If flat abs is one of your goals, this exercise is for you.
The Top 3 Tummy Toning Exercises
Learn the 3 of the best tummy toning exercises. Tone your upper abs, your lower abs and your oblique abdominal muscles and learn more about abdominal exercises.
What Should I Wear Under My Workout Clothes?
Are you wondering what to wear under woman's exercise clothes? What about bras, sports bras, and panty lines? Get recommendations and discount tips on what to wear under workout clothing.
How To Do One Leg Circle
One leg circle is a great test of core strength. One leg circle also tones and stretches the thighs.
Try This Sequence of 5 Fantastic Ab Exercises
The Pilates series of five is a sequence of some of the best ab exercises you will ever meet. It takes little time and will definitely give you a great abdominal muscle workout.
Here's What You Need to Know About Cardio...
A cardio workout has many health benefits, but do you know what a cardio workout really is? Find out about the benefits of aerobic fitness, what your target heart rate is, and how to find it.
How to Lose Weight With Pilates
Learn how to do your Pilates workout for weight loss. You have to keep challenging your body to burn more calories and lose weight. Learn how.
Resistance Band Exercises for the Upper Body
Use this triceps press with resistance band exercise to tone the backs of your arms as well as your core.
Are you Missing the Pilates in Your Pilates...
Are you Missing One of These 5 Pilates Ingredients?
Pilates Mat Exercise - The Saw
Saw is a basic Pilates mat exercise that is appropriate for all workout levels. It is a back and hamstring stretch and that utilizes a spinal rotation to increase the stretch.
5 Great Pilates Moves to Tone Your Butt
Learn great butt exercises. These Pilates moves will help firm and lift your butt. Get Pilates exercise instructions for 5 butt toning exercises that will also work the back of your thighs, your abdominal muscles, and back.
How to do the Pilates Plank Pose
Plank is a popular exercise in both Pilates and yoga. While plank really targets the abdominal muscles and shoulder stability, you will find that plank is an excellent way to get a full-body workout.
How to Do a Pelvic Curl in 6 Simple Steps
This exercise if often used in Pilates classes as a gentle warm-up for the spine and abdominal muscles. Pelvic curl also works the lower body and helps coordinate breath and movement.
What Are the Deep Six Hip Muscles?
The deep six are important hip muscles. Learn about where they are and how they move, stabilize and lift.
How to Breathe Deeply and Maximize Your Workout
Breathing through your diaphragm is both energizing and relaxing, and an important part of Pilates exercise. Here are some sample exercises.
Learn Two Pelvic Floor Exercises
Learn palm press with magic circle as a pelvic floor exercise that also strengthens the obliques.
8 Exercise Modification Tips
Learn to modify Pilates exercises for safety or more challenge. Do Pilates exercises, and protect your neck and back, with these simple tips. Apply these basic modifications to matwork or reformer workouts.
Get a Great Pilates Warmup With 5 Easy Exercises
Be centered and aligned before you begin exercising. These easy Pilates exercises will give you an opportunity to tune in to your body, find your alignment, and set your mental focus for your workout session.
How to Stay Fit During Your Pregnancy with...
Pilates is an excellent form of exercise for a healthy pregnancy, helping you maintain strength and flexibility,etc. Here are tips, and what to expect.
Learn the Secret. How Pilates transforms your...
What's the secret to this Pilates stuff all about anyway?
How to Get in Shape with Pilates
The Pilates method is a fast and effective way to build core strength and flexibility. Learn about the Pilates principles, core training, and other keys to getting in shape with Pilates
The Pilates Roll Up Exercise Instructions in...
Learn Pilates Roll Up. Get detailed exercise instructions, with pictures, for roll up. This exercise is a great challenge for the abdominal muscles and is well known as a foundation exercise for the Pilates flat abs effect.
Pilates Side Kick Series
The Pilates Side Kick exercises strengthen and tone the hips and legs, as well as develop core strength by challenging the abdominals to stabilize the movement.
Where to Buy Good Pilates Equipment
Here is a reference list for where to buy Pilates equipment, including Pilates studio equipment like the reformer and chair.
Use These 6 Pilates Stretches to Increase...
Pilates is known for helping people develop both strength and flexibility. This sample set of Pilates stretches includes exercises that increase flexibility of the back, front-body, side-body, hamstrings and hips.
Industry Insider: Will the Real Pilates Please...
Pilates professionals judge each other by certain criteria. Did Joe Pilates do that?
Shoulder Bridge - Exercise Intructions
Shoulder bridge is an advanced Pilates exercise, but it can be developed in stages. Pilates shoulder bridge is a good workout for the abdominal muscles and hamstrings. Here are the exercise instructions, along with notes for developing shoulder bridge skills.
Is Pilates Good Exercise for Seniors?
Promoting strength, balance and flexibility, Pilates can be a safe, enjoyable method of exercise for seniors.
Strengthen Your Back With These 5 Pilates...
Back extension exercises are back strengthening exercises. They are often recommended for back pain, and are very important in counterbalancing the many forward bending exercises we do.
How Pilates Can Help Your Posture
Can you stand comfortably, in a way that feels relaxed and supported by the core? Use this primer on Pilates and posture to help you access your core strength, and improve the way you stand and use your body.
What Are the Benefits of Pilates for Men?
Pilates is a good workout for men. Find out why men do Pilates and why Pilates has a history with men.
What Is Protein and How Much Do You Need?
Protein is an important part of a healthy diet. Learn what protein is, what high protein foods sources are, and how much protein you need.
Exercise Instructions for 3 Pilates Plank...
Plank is a popular exercise in Pilate and yoga. Get exercise instructions for 3 variations of the plank position: plain, dolphin arm plank and side plank positions.
Take your Pilates workout to the Park this...
Pilates Jumping Jacks in the Park
Pilates Teacher Training Programs
Are you ready to become a Pilates teacher? These questions will help you decide if Pilates instructor certification is right for you. Includes links to Pilates certification programs. Page 2.
Dynamic Stretching Exercises
Dynamic stretching exercises are better warm ups than static stretching. Learn 5 Pilates exercises you can use for your dynamic stretching workout warm up.
Sex and Pilates
The word is out: One of the great benefits of Pilates is better sex. Find out why.
How To Do Pilates Swan
Swan stretches the abdominals and hip flexors, even as it strengthens the abdominals, back, shoulders, inner thighs, pelvic floor and hamstrings. This mat exercise is part of the free pilates exercise series available at pilates.about.com.
Upper Body Toning Exercises with the Pilates Ring
Here is a set of the upper body toning exercises done with the Pilates ring. Learn simple exercises to tone your arms, chest, back and shoulders.
Core Strength
The balanced development of the deep and superficial muscles that stabilize, align, and move the trunk of the body, especially abdominals and back muscles.
Learn Towel Curl - a Foot Strengthening Exercise
The foot strengthening exercise, towel curl, is wonderful for helping increase the strength and flexibility of the feet and well as naturally lifting the arches.
Pilates Classes for Beginners
Here is a detailed description of Pilates classes such as the kinds that are available and what to expect when you take them.
Debunking the 5 Biggest Myths About Pilates
What is Pilates? Is Pilates a derivative of yoga? Is it only for women and wimps? Does Pilates exercise cater to flabby abdominals and ignore the rest? Take a look at the stories behind these and other erroneous ideas about the Pilates method.
6 Pilates Exercises You Can Do in Bed
Many Pilates exercises can be adapted for those who want or need to exercise in bed. Here Pilates instructor Siri Galliano teaches 5 Pilates exercises that can be done in bed.
Learn Pilates Mat Exercise, The Corkscrew
Corkscrew is a challenging Pilates exercise that works the abdominal muscles, especially the obliques. Get free Pilates exercise instructions for Pilates mat exercise, the corkscrew.
Can Plus Size and Overweight People Do Pilates?
Learn about the benefits of Pilates for overweight and plus size exercise. Pilates supports core strength and weight loss for plus size fitness.
Pilates Mat Exercise - Swimming
Swimming, is a fun exercise, yet quite a workout. Swimming, like the activity it is named after, works every part of the body. This one is perfect for toning the abs, butt, back and hamstrings.
How to Find the Right Size Exercise Ball for You
Pilates and other exercises are fun on an exercise ball. Use these tips to make sure your fitness ball is the right size and provides enough stability for the exercises you want to do.
How to Do Pilates Clam Exercise
Clam is a simple Pilates exercise that tones the hip and thigh muscles. It is also a pelvic stability exercise. Get free Pilates exercise instructions for clam.
The Best Pilates Classes Online
Use this list of online Pilates classes to find the best classes for beginner or advanced levels, as well as online reformer exercises and workouts with other Pilates equipment.
Pilates - Who Does It?
Women have been making Pilates famous but men do it too, so do horseback riders, athletes, seniors and people with back pain. Read about all the people doing Pilates and how you can do it too.
Inner Thigh Exercises
Pilates exercises tone the inner thighs. Learn to use Pilates exercises, exercise balls, and magic circles to tone the inner thighs.
Free Pilates Videos Online at About.com
See the Pilates videos online. Here are free Pilates videos you can view online. They show Pilates exercises on the mat, and with exercise bands and exercise balls.
Side-Lying Leg Press with Pilates Magic Circle
Side-lying leg press with the Pilate magic circle is an excellent thigh exercise. It will engage your Pilates powerhouse for core stability and really work your butt muscles and thighs, especially your inner thighs.
The Many Kinds of Exercise Balls
Use the best exercise ball for your workouts. Learn about the many different types of exercise balls and the exercises they are used for.
5 Standing Pilates Exercises for Warm Ups and...
Standing Pilates exercises are a great way to transition your workouts from the floor into standing mode. These exercises work the legs and Pilates powerhouse.
Pilates Machines vs Pilates Equipment
What is a Pilates machine, really? Learn about Pilates equipment from reformers to magic circles.
Pilates vs Yoga Exercises
You may be thinking Pilates vs yoga? How are Pilates and yoga different and alike? Exercises that both yoga and Pilates share reveal differences and similarities between the two.
How To Do Pilates Imprinting
Imprinting may be the most basic Pilates exercise there is. Yet it can also be one of the most profound. Imprinting is deeply relaxing and centering. It is wonderful for stress reduction, and as a way to center yourself before any workout.
Standing Pilates - Wall Roll Down
This standing Pilates exercise is great practice for beginners and advanced students. It stretches the back and the hamstrings as it works the abdominals and teaches good posture.
What Is a Pilates Body?
There is more to a Pilates body than long muscles and flat abs. Learn about the special qualities of a Pilates body, and why you want one.
Pilates and Exercise for Osteoporosis
Learn about exercise for osteoporosis. In this interview Rebekah Rotstein discusses how to use Pilates and exercise to increase bone density and gives tips on safe exercise for osteoporosis.
Pilates Roll Over - Exercise Instructions
Roll over is all about control. Add roll over to you Pilates workout -- you'll get a good stretch for your back and hamstrings and work your abdominals very well in the process.
Pilates Mat Exercise: Rolling Like a Ball
A classic Pilates exercise, rolling like a ballis almost always included in Pilates mat classes. Rolling like a ball stimulates the spine, deeply works the abdominals, and tunes us into the inner flow of movement and breath in the body.
Why Do I Have Neck Pain When I Do Pilates?
Why do some people have neck pain when they do Pilates? Get tips for overcoming neck pain when you do Pilates.
The Pilates Teaser Exercise
Learn how to do the full Pilates teaser exercise. These instructions include exercises that will help you build up to the teaser.
Meet Your Abs, the Abdominal Muscles
Abs are abdominal muscles. Get to know the muscles of an abs workout. Find out what the abdominals do and what makes great 6 pack abs or ripped abs.
Body Shaping Full Body Workout
This full body workout with Pilates exercises is an intermediate routine with lots of body shaping exercises that tone the muscles and give the body a longer, leaner look.
Strengthen Your Core With This 20 Minute...
This Pilates workout strengthens the core abdominal muscles. Learn the best Pilates exercises for strong, flat abs.
Try the Spine Stretch on Your Pilates Mat
Pilates mat exercise, spine stretch, is a great stretch for the back and the hamstrings, as well as a moment to center oneself before moving on to more challenging exercises.
Do Roll Up With the Pilates Ring
Roll up is a great classic Pilates exercise. It works the abs like nothing else. Add the Pilates ring, or magic circle, to the exercise, and learn even more from roll up. Here are free exercise instructions for roll up with Pilates ring.
Pilates Exercise: Arm Reach and Pull for...
This Pilates exercise helps establish shoulder stability by increasing awareness of scapular placement in Pilate exercises.
How To Do the Pelvic Clock
Pelvic clock is a basic Pilates exercise that will help you understand the difference between neutral spine and flat back, and how to move the pelvis with the abdominals.
Buying Exercise Bands
Exercise bands, also known as resistance bands, stretch bands, workout bands or flex bands, provide adjustable resistance training for stretch and strength. They are used in Pilates and other fitness routines.
Benefits of Pilates in Everyday Life - with...
Look at this photo lesson showing the benefits of Pilates exercises for everyday life. See how Pilates improves everyday moves like walking, driving, even reaching for objects
What is Pilates?
A brief description of the Pilates method of exercise.
Pilates Fitness and the Exercise Ball
This article about exercise balls, also known as fitness balls or Swiss balls, gives you info on how to use the exercise ball for developing core strength and balance, and Pilates exercises, as well as buying tips.
Advanced Pilates Exercises
Learn advanced pilates exercises from the classical Pilates mat sequence.
Top Ways to Learn Pilates
From private instruction to group classes, books, DVDs, and even online instruction there are lots of ways to learn Pilates. Here is an introduction to some popular ways of going about learning Pilates for beginning and continuing students.
Hip Flexor Stretch - the Lunge
The lunge is a basic hip flexor stretch, but many people don't do this stretching exercise for the most benefit. Learn to use the standing lunge to stretch your body as a warm up or cool down exercise.
Learn Pilates Double Leg Stretch
Double Leg Stretch sounds like a leg stretch, but it is really a very strong abdominal strengthening workout. In this exercise, everything moves from center. Double Leg Stretch is an intermediate Pilates mat exercise.
The Eccentric Contraction
Pilates creates long, strong muscles by using eccentric contractions of the muscles. Learn about eccentric muscle contractions and how they are used in Pilates.
Why You Need Pilates Mat Classes
Here are 5 real reasons you need Pilates mat classes. Take them at a studio or at the gym, but make sure you get some in. Here's why.
Level 2 Strength and Stretch Series
If you are ready for an intermediate level Pilates challenge, this Pilates mat routine will provide a good over-all workout. This routine includes abdominal exercises for core strength as well as exercises for the legs, hips, and back. One of the free Pilates exercises online at pilates.about.com.
Double Straight Leg Lowers - Pilates Mat Exercise
This Pilates mat exercise is a very effective abdominal workout, working both the upper and lower abdominals. Provided that you learn to do it correctly this is an ideal core strength builder. Follow these step by step instructions and learn to protect your back as you get a great abdominal challenge.
Master The Pilates Roll Up
Pilates mat exercises, like the roll up, are great abdominal exercises, but these moves can be hard. Here are free Pilates exercise tips for doing the roll up well.
Intro to the Pilates Chair
The Pilates chair, also known as wunda chair, is traditional piece of Pilates equipment that is gaining popularity with new designs and training programs.
Fat Burning Workout Programs and Pilates
Find out how to create a fat burning workout with a combination of cardio and Pilates exercise. This article includes a sample fat burning workout program.
Pilates Push-Up Instructions
Push-ups. Everybody knows about them, but have you done a push-up the Pilates way? Pilates push-ups use the whole body and require a new level of upper body stability and core strength.
The What and How of Foam Rollers
Foam rollers are used for stretch and strength exercises, as well as for massage and relaxation. Find out how to use and buy foam rollers in Pilates and other exercise.
Workout with Pilates Ball Exercises
Get free exercise instructions for a workout with Pilates ball exercises. This routine is a balanced, full body workout with Pilates ball exercises.
The Pilates Elders
Joseph Pilates trained a few students, known as the Pilates Elders, who went on to open their own studios and teach the Pilates Method. Here is a brief introduction to those teachers and how they fit into Joseph Pilates' legacy.
The Shu - No Slip Shoes for Pilates or Yoga
The Shu is a non-slip shoe for Pilates and yoga that is as flexible as a sock. Read a review of this Pilates and yoga shoe.
Leg Position - Parallel, Hip Distance Apart
Good posture and effective exercise technique depend on good leg alignment. Learn a basic leg position we use in Pilates and other exercises for leg alignment training.
Neutral Spine
Neutral Spine is the natural position of the spine when all body parts are in good alignment. When the spine is in neutral, the natural curves of the cervical and lumbar spine are maintained.

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