What did you say? | Pilates Lingo for the Beginner

If you’ve never taken Pilates before, your first class may be a lot to take in. You’re moving your body in new ways and you’re learning more about how your body works as a whole. I’ve been studying this method for over three years now, and I’m still learning–it will be a lifelong pursuit. Knowledge of this method and anatomy is my job (and my passion). Your job is to simply come and enjoy a good workout. Lucky you! You are in good hands! Still, these terms will help you sail through your first class a bit easier.

Neutral Pelvis: This simply means that whatever position you’re in, whether lying down, sitting, or standing, your ASIS (or the bony hip points on the front of your body) and your pubic bone are in line with one another. Check out this image for a visual.

C-Curve: Looks like it sounds, right? 🙂 Tail bone is tucked under, draw abdominals deep so that hip bones and ribs are pulling toward one another, head and neck are gently rounded forward (not dropping the chin onto the chest).

Pilates V: Make a V with your feet, legs zipped together, inner thighs working to keep the legs together.

Hip width apart: We’re alignment freaks, us Pilates instructors. Line those feet up with your hip joints. To find this easily and quickly, simply make the Pilates V with your feet, and then bring the feet into parallel position.

Tabletop: This is a combination of a 90 degree angle of the knee and a 90 degree angle of the hip joint. Shins are parallel to the ceiling/floor.

Articulate your spine: This is the action of moving one vertebrae at a time from one plane to another. (Just a little clip from a client homework video.)

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Just Say No to Grandiose Resolutions

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m not sure what it is about the New Year, whether it’s tradition or the constant craving for a fresh start, to try again to improve oneself. Even I woke up this morning excited to map out the coming year. There are a million things I want to complete this year, but I’m only human, so I’m going to do one thing: Start small.

We thrive on success, but it we bite off more than we can chew, the possibility of not succeeding at any one thing is quite probable. Do you have one large goal? Write down which parts should be completed during each month, this way you have measurable success throughout the year. Do you have several small goals? Divvy them up. Make habits of a new one every month or two (or three…).

Give yourself the opportunity to succeed. Do you want to feel good? Find rehabilitation for a part of your body that needs help? Be more flexible? Eat better? Walk every day? Pick one thing–just one–and make it what you work on until it becomes a habit.

If improved fitness is your goal, remember that you have the opportunity to purchase three private sessions for $90–that’s over half off! Three dedicated hours to your body, the stuff you want to address with your body, and learning to move better. You’ll thank yourself for it. I promise.