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Too much forward tilt can cause a cranky low-back

75% of my clients experience occasional low-back tension

General low-back tension is quite common in our chair-loving culture.

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Pilates Notes

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In March 2012, Nike became the first fitness facility to feature large-scale group classes using the Allegro 2 reformer -- the newest verion of Joseph Pilates "Universal Reformer."

In March 2012, Nike became the first fitness facility to feature large-scale group classes using the Allegro 2 reformer — the newest version of Joseph Pilates “Universal Reformer.”

Need a full-body workout that you can do on your own in the Nike Group Pilates Studio?  Try this one, it’s a mix of the Pilates Passport exercises plus extra upper body moves to build more muscle mass. Cuz muscle eats fat.

Notice how I snuck in “Lucky Chuck”? That’s the move that I named after Chuck Norris, since he does it in every Total Gym infomercial. Chuuuuck!

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Maybe you’re still shopping for holiday gifts for family and friends. Or maybe you’ve moved on and you’re shopping for yourself now. Here’s a list of the next 8 fitness toys you neeeeed:

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magic-circle-stretchJoseph Pilates’ Magic Circle — sometimes called a power ring or fitness circle —  can be used as a handy prop to stretch your hips and legs. To get the best results, do this series of stretches in the order I’ve listed below.

Before you start the sequence, assess your body mechanics by sitting on the floor with your legs extended forward. Is it difficult to sit tall? Is one leg acting like it’s longer or more turned out?

Set up for the stretch sequence by lying on your back with your legs extended long. Use your hands to hold the circle and place the ball of your left foot on an inside handle. Do all of the stretches on your left leg and hip, re-assess in the seated position, switch legs, and then re-assess. View full article »

You know that I read like a fiend, right? The National Institutes of Health study postings, the New York Times, bloggers from around the world and tons of books about various body parts and how they work. Apparently, Kinesiology 1, 2, 3, 4, et al was not enough for me.  Since my clients often ask for recommendations, I’ve got a list of titles that fit the many of the topics of concern that they bring up. Here are the Top 10 that keep floating to the top of the pile:

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