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An Introduction to Pilates

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In this short video, Coach Nicole explains 7 principles that will prevent you from making some common mistakes so that you can get the most out of your Pilates workouts.

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  • Ah.... Coach Nicole you were so young when you did this... SP must have been just starting out. Love your new videos. Always keeping us on our toes... but this was a good one to review. - 4/10/2014 11:03:56 PM
  • While this is a good instructive video, I have to agree with the lack of sound quality. Step up the professionalism and remove the background noise and get a better mic to remove the "I'm doing this from a well" effect. - 4/10/2014 2:42:11 PM
  • Just a technical comment; sound quality on the videos is not always great, and this was one of worst. Eliminate the background noise, get a better microphone (wireless would be a good idea). - 4/6/2014 8:44:27 AM
  • Every video I try isn't working!!?? Anyone else have this issue?
    - 3/20/2014 11:18:47 AM
  • Thanks Coach Nicole, I have been using the wrong technique.
    These tips will help me to perform better.
    Have a Bless Day!
    BabySis9 - 2/23/2014 9:03:42 AM
  • To Lazy_Dave: you are CLUELESS! I have bursitis in both hips, degenerative disc disease and have lost my L5S1 disc and chronic back pain. In the past 10 years, I have spent a boat load of $$$$$ on physical therapy and meds. Guess what jackass? Pilates is what has worked and improved my mobility, flexibility, add to weightless and decreased chronic back pain. So do your homework, dude. - 2/8/2014 8:09:09 PM
  • Thanks Coach! This was very informative and now I know what to focus on. :) - 2/8/2014 8:03:12 PM
  • Pilates was invented by a man named Joe, I forgot his last name. However; he got in a car accident and he invented this type of exercising AND the machine to help him through his recovery from the accident. So if anyone is having problems with this they should realize this is one of the best sources of exercise, and if for any reason you may have problems you should contact the Pilate's instructor and as well be advised by your physical therapist and or your doctor.. It's a great source of exercising and strengthens you... - 1/17/2014 10:42:14 AM
  • PILATES IS WORTH MORE EXPLORATION AS MY AGE OF 73 IS STILL ADVANCING ALONG WITH THE ARTHRITIC BACK IS STILL ADVANCING IN ITS DETERIATION. - 12/8/2013 4:35:56 PM
  • Dave, if you read current articles about fitness, I think you would learn that a well-rounded fitness program includes cardio, strength building and flexibility. And yes, we do need all three. Pilates is just one route to accomplish one part of this. I have practiced yoga for over 15 years. Most of my peers (I am 73 years old) have lost anywhere from 1/2 inch to several inches in height. I still measure the same 5'6" that I measured at age 20. On the other hand, I have lost 3" from my waist in just one month of doing pilates 3x/week.

    I agree that pilates is one of the current crazes -- like kettle bells or spinning, but the fact is that it works. it accomplishes what it sets out to do, which is to strengthen the core. As for strength, have you tried holding plank for 3-5 minutes? How many push-ups do you do daily? How long can you hold bridge pose? Are you aware that most back pain comes either from weak abs, or from overly tight Quads, hamstrings and IT bands?

    And yes, most dancers become dancers because of the bodies they are born with. They don't develop those bodies through dancing. I for one, am not looking to become a ballet dancer. But I wouldn't mind having the leg strength of a ballerina (without the foot deformities!)

    BTW, you might want to read up on the history of Joseph Pilates and his methodology. If I remember correctly, he developed his PT programs to help WW I vets with postwar injuries, and he ended up attracting many professional dancers.

    As for the quality of this article, I found it a little rushed. I think a video on these important basics should perhaps have been twice as long! But bravo to SP for attempting to set the record straight. - 12/5/2013 8:36:03 AM
  • Folks this not actual exercise. I know Pilates is popular but there are much better, and safer, ways to get in shape. And you can not lengthen muscles, it's impossible. Ballet dancers have lithe bodies sure, but that's why thy are great dancers and it's not from something like Pilates. They were chosen, or they chose, dance because of their body type. You need to do actual progressive resistance exercise to make real improvements in muscle tone and strength. There no real reason to worry about flexibility unless you are a gymnast or whatever. There's no great health benefit to being flexible that I'm aware of. - 11/24/2013 9:31:58 AM
  • Very Helpful, thank you! - 11/20/2013 4:42:52 PM
  • Wow. I have earlier been doing these exercises, and now learned the pattterns were incorrect. I must use more controlled motions. Thank you! - 11/19/2013 8:04:15 PM
  • I am going to do this. - 10/25/2013 10:28:01 AM
  • I have recently added pilates to my fitness 'menu', and this was an excellent video to help me understand how to get the most out of it!!
    Loved the part about the breath!!
    Thanks Coach Nicole and SP for another great video education to help us take our fitness endeavors to the next level. - 10/24/2013 2:34:20 PM