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Spirit Guides

Pilates Stress Buster in One Smooth Move

Joe Pilates said “Above all, learn how to breathe correctly.” Too much oxygen and not enough CO2 can create a nervous state in the body. And too much CO2 with not enough oxygen can create feelings of exhaustion. But get the balance right, and the body releases stress and functions at its best. Slow and controlled Pilates breath — with exhalations twice as long as inhalations — does the trick. Here is a perfect Pilates move with which to practice this slow and controlled breath.

Brooke Siler (via <a href="http://www.reabnyc.com/img/bio_brooke.jpg">reabnyc</a>)
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Workout

Back in Business!

The past two weeks have been a wee bit shakey on the workout front- I like to work out 6 days a week and it was more like three days max.

I did Suzanne Bowen's 10 Minute Soultion Pilates Perfect Body, and it was surprisingly tough and it felt so good to work out!

Workout Date: 
Mon, 04/26/2010 (All day)
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Home Stretch

Terrible At Pilates

"At the beginning of class, when the teacher says "Is there anyone new to pilates? Anyone new to my class?" I think they should add "Anyone who is just terrible at pilates?" It would make it easier for me if I could just raise my hand and get it out in the open."
— jenniew, today, 8:55 A.M.

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Spirit Guides

Ten Minutes to Soothe and Strengthen Your Back

Million Minute Month Spirit Guide Brooke Siler is back with more every-minute-counts encouragement. Today's installment, at-home Pilates moves to ease your aching back ~ the Eds.

Back pain anyone? Nothing feels worse than being disciplined enough to work out and still having pain. But I have good news for you—you're not stuck with it. Back pain is often correlative with a weak abdominal structure, therefore work done to strengthen the core is usually immediately helpful. Counterbalancing your body habits with opposite motion helps, too. So does releasing tension in the major muscle groups of the back and hips. And what do you know? Pilates does all that and more. Spend a few minutes with these four Pilates exercises, and you'll be on your way to banishing back pain.

Back (via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/emilyhigginson/2884128460/">Unfurled</a>)
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Snapshot

Rachel Doesn't Do Hip-Hop Booty Burn But She's All About Trapeze

Every day, we give you a snapshot of one fellow striver in fitness. We ask personal questions, he or she boldly answers. Today's snapshot: Rachel, aka berlinesque.

  • What's your number one workout spot? I'm lucky to have a wonderful workout spot at home – a bright mezzanine space that I've equipped with basic Pilates gear, yoga mat, free weights, swiss ball, sliding discs, therabands, dvds, music, etc., so once I'm up there I have lots of options to choose from, and no excuses.... 
  • What's the healthiest thing you eat? My morning shake: Almond milk, rice protein, chocolate sorbet, frozen banana, a splash of flax oil, and a dash of cinnamon – yum! 

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Quotable

Yoga is Magic for NBA Players

"I think that in the offseason he took a trip that nobody knew about to some far-off place and, I don't know, did some magic yoga."

— Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, discussing Dallis Maverick's guard Jason Kidd, who is averaging 36 minutes of play a game (that's a lot, fyi) as a 37-year-old. Kidd swears by yoga and Pilates for conditioning.

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Workout

Going To the Mat For Pilates

The advanced Pilates mat sequence, with a few fun variations learned from the gifted teachers at re:AB Pilates, done as quickly and gracefully as I can

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Workout Date: 
Fri, 04/16/2010 (All day)

Workout

IN WHICH MY ABS TAKE A BEATING

Yay for Pilates at my modest little community gym, and our wonderful instructor, Holly, who always shakes things up and keeps it interesting. Today we did a lot of balance work on the unstable side of the BOSU, and some bridges and planks which are tough for me because my hamstrings are pretty tightly strung. More great hip stretches, too, which I really need.

Workout Date: 
Thu, 04/15/2010 (All day)
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Bi-Weekly Run to/from Pilates

Ran to/from pilates, a little under 3 miles roundtrip.  Pilates class for one hour.

Workout Date: 
Thu, 04/15/2010 (All day)



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