We all know that Pilates is one of the most popular methods of conditioning out there, whether it’s to be to help with back pain, helping to prevent the chance of injury or just to feel better Pilates is more popular than ever.
Unfortunately many people out there are still not getting anywhere near as much benefit from their Pilates classes and in some cases people believe Pilates “doesn’t work”. The main reason for this is that people are simply not doing it right.
One of the biggest reasons people start Pilates is to help some sort of injury or pain. Whether it’s lower back pain, hip pain or shoulder pain, Pilates is often recommended (keep in mind that this is not the only benefit Pilates has though)
Sometimes though things do not go as we have planned. I often get a number of people who see me either in my Pilates classes or my Therapy studio, who have tried Pilates, but has found it causes them more pain than they had before!
In this article we are going to look at reasons why this might happen, and what you can do if it does.
When people come to visit me, whether it is in my studio or in one of my Pilates classes, one thing that they have often been told previously is that they have ‘weak glutes’. These ‘weak glutes’ often get lumbered with the blame for a number of different symptoms: Lower back pain, Knee pain, Ankle instability, ‘Pronation’ of the foot etc. Often we are told we need to ‘strengthen’ our glutes to bring good function back to the body and more importantly in the hope that it might resolve some of these issues.
In this article I am going to look at why you may get more benefit from taking a different approach rather than simply attempting to ‘strengthen’ your glutes.
When you think of any exercises to work our stomach muscles what do you think? Most of the time a sit-up (also known as ‘crunch’ or ‘abdominal curl’) will be a common answer. But is it actually an effective “core” exercise? Is it actually doing us any good?
In our latest article we will look into this... We will also give you an exercise which will be able to see if you can even do ONE sit up... properly that is!
As a therapist, Pilates instructor & previously a fitness instructor the phrase I have heard the most without doubt is "I need to strengthen my core".
This can be for a number of reasons back pain, posture, flat stomachs, toned abdominals etc.
But the questions is will we achieve the results we want to by simply just strengthening our core?
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