Are You Engaging Your Abs or Your Butt?

In almost every exercise it is easy for another part of the body to take over and do the work of the muscles we are targeting.  This is particularly true when we do a pelvic tilt or rock from imprint (basically a flat lower back) to neutral (the natural curve in your low back).  Often instead of initiating imprint using the abdominals, people will squeeze the butt.  It gets the job done, but you then you miss all that wonderful ab work.  The glutes are a major mover and a big muscle.  They can create an imprinted position when called upon to engage that way.  But if you want to strengthen and improve control of your abdominals, particularly to counteract back pain and help protect the back when moving, you need to make the glutes quiet down and learn to fire the abs.  So how can you tell if you are engaging your abs or your butt?

What Do You Feel?

Start by just stopping to notice what you feel.  Is your butt squeezing when you imprint?  Do you feel like your legs are involved by sort of pushing into the floor?  Do you even feel the abs doing the work?  If […]

Are You Engaging Your Abs or Your Butt?2018-03-07T16:19:39-04:00

Tips for New Pilates Students

So it’s 2015 and you just signed up for your first Pilates class (or your first Pilates class in a long time).  Pilates can be a lot to take in all at once.  It’s pretty overwhelming.  Just remember no one learns it all the first day.  I’ve been doing Pilates for over a decade and I’m still learning about it.  Not helping?

Trust me.  It’s worth learning.

Know that’s it’s okay to break it up into pieces.  Learn the moves.  Then learn the breathing.

And if there are a few things you’re stuck on like what is the different between neutral and imprint, check out this video.

Want a review of the basic principles (breathing, shoulder placement, ribcage placement, pelvic placement and neck alignment)?  Watch this video.

Tips for New Pilates Students2017-10-25T16:00:00-04:00

Imprint/Neutral Pelvis Video

This week a lot of our classes resume, so we are doing a week of videos to talk you through some of the exercises you will probably see in some of your classes. Today’s video highlights one of the most important lessons in pilates. Click here to do some pelvic tilts with me. This is one of the five basic principles of pilates.

Imprint/Neutral Pelvis Video2017-09-12T19:31:47-04:00