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The Core and What it Really Means

Thursday, May 15th 2014

"The Core" has become such a buzz word and there is such an abundance of information about "core muscles" online, that we thought we should talk about it. Best news: we got this information straight from an MD! This is NOT our "theory" of the core; this is the science of core musculature. We hope it helps you clear away the cobwebs and understand what "core strength" really means.

Pilates Online Single and Double Leg Extensions

Wednesday, May 14th 2014

Learning to perform hip extension from a prone position (lifting your legs when lying on your tummy) can be a little tricky... After all, the legs are HEAVY, and if the abdominal muscles aren't pulling in and the gluteus maximus muscle is not doing its job, the lower back will take the burden. Watch this quick online Pilates exercise video to ensure that your Pilates technique is enhancing your Pilates experience.

Learn Pilates Online The Hundred

Wednesday, May 14th 2014

Even if you've only taken one Pilates lesson in your life, chances are you've done The Hundred. We LOVE The Hundred because it builds abdominal endurance and is one of the secrets to flat abs that you see in people who do Pilates regularly. Above and beyond that, it protects the spine and lower back (when done correctly!) Best of all, The Hundred can be regressed to accommodate all fitness levels.

Pilates Exercises Online Half Roll Down with Obiques (aka Obliques Roll Down 1)

Sunday, January 5th 2014

Half Roll Down with Obliques, or Obliques 2 is a great way to both build abdominal strength and also protect the neck if classical Pilates exercises performed in the supine cause discomfort. We'll take you through proper execution and what to focus on so that you can reap the most benefits from this fabulous exercise. To see it in action, join us for a free trial at www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/free-trial

Pilates Workouts Online Pilates Arms in Ten All About the Abs

Sunday, January 5th 2014

Catch glimpse of what it's like to have a subscription to UltimatePilatesWorkouts.com, with hundreds of online streaming videos. This ten minute version focuses on the abdominal muscles, but on UPW you can choose from workouts as short as 9 minutes to as long as 55 minutes, from level 1 to level 5, and targeting abs to arms to total body. See for yourself with a free trial at www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/free-trial

Pilates Exercises Online Side Bends

Sunday, January 5th 2014

Learn the proper execution and biomechanics of the classical Pilates exercise Side Bends so that you reap all the benefits when you incorporate it into your Pilates workout routine. Side Bends is great for shoulder girdle strength and stability as well, but it is important to do it properly! For full length workouts that incorporate Side Bends and other classical Pilates exercises, shop a la carte at www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/shop or choose a subscription options that suits you best when you sign up for our free trial at www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/free-trial

Pilates Exercises Online Side Plank

Sunday, January 5th 2014

Before attempting the classical Pilates exercise "Side Bend", we believe that sufficient should be built in the supporting side... and that's where Side Plank comes in! Because the weight of the upper body is supported on the elbow and not the hand, it is easier than the side bend and also a great way to build strength SAFELY!!!! For full length workouts that help build strength in order to do the more difficult classical Pilates workouts, try any Level I or Level II workout with our free trial of www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com. Learn more and sign up here! www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/free-trial

Pilates Workouts Online Pilates Butt Lifting Workout in Ten

Sunday, January 5th 2014

Even if you only have ten minutes you can still be good to your glutes! Join us for ten minutes of Pilates exercises that target the backside and lift the buttsky! If you like this, try any of our "Strong, Svelte & Savvy" workouts on www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com. Try subscriptions for free with a two week trial at www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/free-trial or download a "Strong, Svelte & Savvy" Pilates online DVD at www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/shop

Pilates Exercises Online Toe Taps

Sunday, January 5th 2014

If you've ever wondered if your abdominal connection is sufficient enough to protect your lower back when doing classical Pilates exercises such as The Hundred, Double Leg Stretch and many others, then Toe Taps is an excellent choice for you! As the femur (thigh bone) reaches away from the torso, make sure that the weight of that leg doesn't cause the hip bones to move away from the ribcage: a telltale sign that the strong abdominal connection has been lost. We do Toe Taps in many of our workouts on www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com just because it's such a GREAT self-check to perform at the beginning of each and every workout. To try out some of these workouts sign up for our free trial at www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/free-trial or purchase individual online Pilates DVDs at www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/shop

Pilates Workouts Online Pilates Arms in Ten with Stretch Band

Sunday, January 5th 2014

We love the exercise band (or stretch band) for both its versatility and portability. Join us for this ten minute glimpse into the workouts of www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com with this ten minute arms series. If you like what you see, sign up for our free trial at www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/free-trial.