The Pilates Secret by One of Today’s Leading Instructors!

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This is a recent and intriguing post by the Pilates expert Alicia Ungaro who blogs weekly at Pilates.About.com

As a long-time Pilates instructor, I’ve joined the growing camp of those calling for an end to complicated instruction especially for beginners – for more about this issue that several Pilates instructors are writing eloquently about click here. So it may seem contradictory that I call your attention to this short piece by Alicia Ungaro from RealPilates.com.

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It’s actually a fine illustration of an important aspect of Pilates that few realize or talk about. What Alicia is illustrating here is a particular characteristic of Pilates that sets it apart from most every other exercise technique. And she explains it by asking you to do a brief exercise on your mat. It’s rich and enlightening. But if you are a beginner, do not worry. Good teachers will not ask you to identify muscle groups or any other complicated procedure when you are just starting out. A good teacher makes it simple and fun to learn. This is something different – Alicia is explaining a very interesting point and the way she does it is wonderful!

You also get a taste of one of a handful of truly exceptional Pilates instructors – I place Alicia among the top 5 worldwide!

Give it a try and see what I mean!

The Pilates Secret

Try this exercise and tell me what you think.

Lie flat on a Mat with your arms overhead and legs together.

  • Roll up to round over your legs.
  • Roll back down to lie flat.
  • Repeat 5 times

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Now try it this way.

Lie flat on a Mat with your arms overhead and legs together.

  • Pull your abdominals in and up.
  • Inhale and bring your arms to the ceiling, then your head, and curl up slowly through your spine.
  • Exhale and contract your abs deeper as you continue rolling up with control. Reach over your legs holding back in your waist. Lengthen the arms and legs taut and tight.
  • Inhale to begin curling back pressing one vertebra at a time into the mat. Squeeze your seat and exhale to deepen the abdominals. Control your descent lowering down through the lower, middle and upper back. Reach the arms up and overhead to begin again.
  • Repeat 5 times

If you liked the 2nd one better, you’ve learned the Pilates secret.

Specificity.

For those that have ever played competitive sports, studied an instrument or practiced martial arts, you have already experienced the magic of specificity. This is the secret sauce that applies to all fitness….

For more about specificity go to the complete article at http://pilates.about.com/od/gettingstarted/fl/The-Pilates-Secret.htm.

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