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History of Pilates

History of Pilates What is Classical Pilates?   Classical Pilates is an exercise method developed by Joseph Pilates nearly a century ago. A brief history of Joe From Germany, Joe grew up as a sickly child, but through hard work and determination, he became skilled in...

Pilates Terminology

Pilates Terminology Neutral Pelvis- Maintain the lower spine’s natural curvature by keeping your two front hip bones level with your pubic bone. Don’t flatten out or over-arch the curve in the lower back by tilting the pelvis. Abdominal Scoop- Hollowing out your...

Equipment vs. Mat – What’s the Difference?

Starting out on the Equipment vs. Mat – What’s the Difference? Mat classes are often the first experience most people have with Pilates.  Recreation centers, health clubs, and community gyms may offer mat classes to its members.   Mat exercises can be difficult for...
Benefits of Pilates

Benefits of Pilates

Better Posture Strengthening postural muscles is a key component in Pilates exercises.  Most of us know good posture when we see it, and we are inspired by how free and strong it makes a person look, but there are so many reasons to work on your posture that go beyond...

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What is Pilates?

What is Pilates?

What is Pilates? Pilates focuses on the abdominal region (commonly known as the powerhouse or core) as the basis of movement. Activating the core muscles begins in a precise and controlled method, sometimes called the “SCOOP” and works the deep abdominal muscles,...

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Pilates for Men

Pilates for Men

Pilates for Men? You bet! 1. Golfer, Runner, Cyclist or Weekend Warrior? Fitness is great, but unfortunately participating in sports can create major imbalances in the body. Think of rotating and swinging the same way repeatedly, or the impact and injuries caused by...

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Is Pilates the Fountain of Youth?

Is Pilates the Fountain of Youth?

Pilates: The Fountain of Youth? At Valleybrook Pilates and Fitness, we know everyone can benefit from adding Pilates to their routine. With older adults, we can help seniors lead a longer, stronger life with the practice of Pilates. The United States is aging, with...

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Pilates Terminology

Pilates Terminology

SAY WHAT??? Pilates instructors use verbal cues to help students execute movements correctly, but some may be a little confusing at first. Here are explanations for some of our lingo!    When you hear: Try doing this: Neutral Pelvis Maintain the lower spine’s natural...

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