1 Moment of Clarity with a Pilates Twist

1 Moment of Clarity with a Pilates TwistIn a race to the top of my Most Challenging list are the Pilates Side Bending exercises and the Pilates Twisting Exercises.

Naturally a part of me loathes them. A pretty big part of me until recently. They are difficult and therefore exactly what I need to be doing.

Even the nasty ones.

Twisting feels good to my already-twisted-a-bit back.

Me? Twisted?! Thanks for the feigned shock, I appreciate it.

As my understanding and execution improves I am (slowly) beginning to love them (a little bit). I almost enjoy the Criss Cross on the Mat. Ridiculous!

The secrets I am discovering? You'd better sit down for this one.

It's all about LENGTH.

Yup.

No more tricky twisty cranking around to get more “twist”. The power of posture is remarkable.

Lifting up and forward can solve the world's problems.

I am now sure of it.

1 Moment of Clarity with a Pilates Twist

On Saturday August 24, 2013 I am thrilled to present a mat class at Prana Pilates, home of the lovely Karen Ellis. Hope you can join me. Sign up here and click on the WORKSHOPS tab.

Check out Karen's new site Pilates Nerd that “aspires to shake things up and redefine what it means to be a nerd. A Pilates Nerd is a highly intelligent individual, does Pilates, gets really excited to learn, and is fascinated with most everything related to Pilates.”

Another One Bites the Dust

“Pilates is an endless journey. It can be a wonderful journey but it never ends.”     Jay Grimes

“What you don’t like, you do twice!”    Romana Kryzanowska quoting Joe Pilates

There are not many Pilates exercises that I dislike. Often more information about a particular exercise can point up how badly one executes said exercise. And by ‘badly' I only mean ‘incorrectly'. No judginess, but there is always ‘better' and, well… we've all got our issues…Such is my relationship with the Leg Springs on the Cadillac. The more you know…

My Pilates workout can be quantified by each exercise I add to my “No Longer Despised and Now Beloved” list. Now thirteen years in, I am able to welcome The Leg Springs on the Cadillac into the fold. I do not do this lightly, I assure you. I did not see this one coming. It will be a fine day indeed when Pulling Straps gets added to the list…or perhaps a cold day in hell?

Here is the list so far: 

Another One Bites the Dust

The Roll Up

…many… years… pass…

The Neck Pull

The Short Box 

The Breast Stroke (no one was more surprised than I…)

and now…

The Leg Springs

…yeah, that’s about it right now. We few, we happy few… There is a longer list of exercises that have the potential to make this list but they have not arrived just yet. These include some extension exercises and all the twisting exercises including the Snake/Twist.

The Snake/Twist is like a bad boyfriend. It never shows up when you need it, and maybe after a long absence it returns and tries to make nice for a while. It is the perfect storm for the particular imbalance in my back which means it will soon prove indispensable 🙂

Oh happy day when I induct the Snake/Twist into my Personal Pilates Hall of Fame.