The Tensor Fasciae Latae: new Starbucks drink or important muscle of the hip?

Side Clam and Book PilatesFirst of all, we’re joking!  To hear the correct pronunciation of this important muscle of the hip, click here! The correct pronunciation is fash-ē-ē-lā-tē or fash-ē-ə-lā-tə, not “LATTE” as in the coffee drink!  (But don’t you think it would make a GREAT name for a new coffee concoction?)

WePosterior View of Hip Muscles promise to finish our discussion of the gluteus medius and its importance in ground reaction force, but first, we’ll discuss the cousin of the gluteals, the tensor fasciae latae or “TFL.”  The TFL is part of the “gluteal group” of muscles and literally, the name “tensor fasciae latae” means “tensor of the fascia lata.”  Well, that’s not very helpful now, is it?!  Generally speaking, the muscle originates on the iliac crest and the outer portion of the ASIS and inserts into the iliotibial band (click here to read more.)  The tensor fasciae latae abducts the femur and assists with medial rotation and flexion of the hip.  Also, it stabilizes the pelvis on the head of the femur and through its insertion on the iliotibial band, stabilizes the femur on the tibia.

NAnterior View of Hip Musclesow here’s the catch:  when the thigh abducts, the gluteus medius should fire first and the tensor fasciae latae second.  However, in many cases, the tensor fasciae latae fires before the gluteus medius, which simply means the gluteus medius is not doing its job (more on this later!)  Also, though the tensor fasciae latae assists in medially rotating the femur, it should not be the ONLY medial rotator of the femur!  The adductors, specifically adductors brevis and longus and the upper portion of adductor magnus, assist with medial rotation of the femur yet are grossly underused by most of the population.  (More on the adductors later this week!)

EPosterior View of Gluetus maximus and Gluteus mediusxercise bands, small balls and Pilates rings are excellent ways to target both the abductors and hte adductors in the same workout.  Try “Tighten and Tone“, “Sculpt and Shape“, “Stretch and Strengthen” and the “Small Ball Toning Workout” on www.ultimatepilatesoworkouts.com.  For individual exercises, try Episode 112 “Side Lying Clam and Book” or any of our exercises such as Half Roll Down or Half Roll Down with Obliques squeezing the Pilates Ring or a small ball between your knees.

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Shape Up for Summer – Legs

summer-legsWe had a glimpse of warm summer weather just ten days ago, and shorts, shorter skirts, and even bathing suits suddenly popped out of storage and onto people’s unsuspecting bodies.  Were your legs ready???  Here are some tried and true classical Pilates exercises, as well as a few new Pilates exercise variations to get your legs ready to meet summer head on.

Let’s start with the outer thighs.  For this area, we LOVE the Side Leg Lift Series.  It’s simple and easy, but oh so effective!!  For maximum results, keep your knee cap pointing straight forward so that you are targeting the outer thighs and not the front of the leg.  We feature this amazing leg series in many of our mat workouts, and even in our Bosu workouts too!  For some variety, try doing the series with an Exercise Band, as we demonstrate in our Stretch and Strengthen Workout

Next, let’s move to the inner thighs.  These little suckers are hard to tone, but they do respond VERY well to exercise, when we remember to use them.  One big hint for the inner thighs……  KEEP THEM ENGAGED IN ALMOST ALL YOUR PILATES EXERCISES!!  Truly, if you do Hundreds, Roll Up, Rolling Like a Ball, Side Leg Lift Series, Breast Stroke, etc. etc., concentrating on keeping your inner thighs engaged throughout, you will hardly feel the need to do a separate exercise just for them.  As we are all built differently, it is often helpful to think of squeezing a ping pong ball between the upper inner thighs rather than squeezing the knees or ankles together, as this may often take the femurs (thigh bones) out of optimal alignment.  If you love Pilates equipment like we do, try incorporating a small ball or a Pilates Ring into your workout to experience firsthand the wonders they can do for your adductors.  We recommend our Small Ball Workout, and our Sculpt and Shape Workout!!

And last, but certainly not least, we have the tops of the backs of the thighs, undoubtedly the hardest part to tone.  Exercises to tone the upper hamstrings will inevitably involve the gluteus maximus as well, so performing these exercises regularly will help your butt defy gravity too!  From our arsenal of classical Pilates exercises, we have Swan Dive, Swimming, One Leg Kick and Double Leg Kick to name a few.  For maximum effectiveness, make sure that you keep your knees straight when they are supposed to be straight!  It may help to imagine your leg growing longer as you lift the leg.  Additionally, for this hard to target area, incorporating an exercise band into your routine can reap rewards tenfold!!  The exercise band can provide extra resistance and create increased awareness to that stubborn little area.  Two suggestions:  Try our Strong, Svelte & Savvy Sculpt Lean, Lithe Legs Workout or our Strong, Svelte & Savvy Legs and Butt with Band Workout and you will see for yourself.

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Key to the Core II: Core is more about just the Abdominal Muscles

core-strengthThe other day we googled “Pilates and lower back pain”, expecting to find a myriad of articles about how Pilates helps alleviate lower back pain.  To our surprise, the article which really captured attention was titled, “Is Pilates Bad for your Back?” (click here for the entire article with comments.) Most of us know that if Pilates is done incorrectly, then it may exacerbate lower back pain, but this article delved further, into Pilates’ emphasis on the role of the Transversus Abdominis and Multifidus.

When we first read the article, our initial reaction was a bit of incredulousness, as we thought that surely Pilates instructors both realize the importance of the full gamut of core muscles and cue accordingly, but the writers of this article seem convinced that Pilates instructors ONLY cue the transversus abdominis.  NOT SO, we say!!  Let’s face it, can you do ANYTHING just by engaging your transversus abdominis and deep pelvic floor muscles?  Aside from “drawing in” your abs and drawing up your pelvic floor muscles (as in Kegel exercises), the answer is unequivocally “no!”, as neither the Transversus Abdominis nor Pelvic Floor Muscles have any directional pull on bones.  They are muscles of endurance and contract tonically.

Now, as Pilates instructors, we all get in the habit of cueing the Transversus Abdominis, Obliques and Pelvic Floor Muscles in lieu of the Rectus Abdominis, Gluteus Maximus and other musculature because oftentimes our clients are often overusing those muscles anyway.  They simply don’t need to be cued…. that doesn’t mean they are not needed to perform the exercise!  Take the core challenge test, which we featured in our first, Key to the Core Blog (9/14/2008), and try to use ONLY your Transversus Abdominis and Pelvic Floor Muscles…. IMPOSSIBLE!!

There are quite a few AMAZING articles about core strength on the internet, so we could not possibly highlight all of them at once.  So, we’ll start with one of the more popular sites, about.com.  They feature a GREAT article on core strength, entitled, “Core Training -Good Core Training Takes More Than Ab Exercise” (click here to read article.) Once again, we encourage you to read the whole article, but, in summary, this article supports the concept that pure core stability consists of not only strengthening the core abdominal muscles, but also strengthening the muscles that improve the functional coordination of the spine, the pelvis and the hips.  Specifically, in addition to the abdominal muscles, multifidus and erector spinae, the writer mentions the hip flexors (yes, all of them), the gluteus maximus, medius and minimus,  the hip adductors, the hamstrings, and piriformis.  The article states “In other words,

“the goal of core stability is to maintain a solid, foundation and transfer energy from the center of the body out to the limbs.”  Fiona Troup, a physiotherapist and qualified Pilates instructor at the Sports & Spinal Clinic, Harley Street, quoted in the first article, concurs, stating, “a strong back means a combination of strong muscles in the buttocks, spinal area and shoulders not just a well-developed core area”.

So, with this new knowledge, as you’re doing your Pilates workouts, think not only of the muscles of the abdomen, but also all the surrounding musculature, working on balancing the muscle groups and creating a well-functioning body with a strong core as well as strong hips, shoulders, arms and legs!!  We recommend “Power and Precision Mat Workouts 30 or 45 minutes,” “Challenge Your Core Reformer Workout,” and “Power Chair Workout” on Ultimate Pilates Workouts (www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com)!

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The potpourri of Pilates in New York City

treeDo you remember your favorite teacher from high school? If you’re like most people, your favorite teacher significantly influenced your interest in the subject she taught. Well, it’s no surprise that your first Pilates teacher will most likely shape your preferences for one type of Pilates over another — for better or worse!

As for the two of us, we don’t have “Pilates bodies” — and some Pilates teachers we’ve had through the years made us abundantly aware of that fact! I wanted to feel GOOD leaving a session, but instead felt like Quasimodo and wished I’d had a potato sack to hide my deformed, twisted, imperfect body. Of course we both ended up embracing the type of Pilates that was taught to us by a teacher who was open, fun, inspiring, life-affirming, attentive to imbalances but full of compassion and had us feeling really GREAT about our bodies and our potential after the lesson.

If you have tried Pilates and hated it, then by all means, give it another try. Maybe you and the teacher just didn’t “click.” To make this easier for you, we have included some links to some great Pilates studios in the city, all of which teach slightly different styles of Pilates. Of course we’d love to see you at our studio, Pilates on Fifth, but we also know that location and style can be everything, and there are many great Pilates studios here in NYC! Here’s the list….and we know all of these owners and can state confidently that they are exceptionally qualified AND kind individuals who are dedicated to their craft.

LindaFit by Linda Farrell: www.lindafit.com. Linda is a beautiful lady both inside and out and teaches fabulous body-sculpting mat classes throughout the city (just check out her legs if you don’t believe us!) She teaches at Steps, Broadway Dance Center and Equinox among other locations.

Rolates, run by Roberta Kirschenbaum: www.rolates.com. Roberta is kind and wise — a perfect combination for a great Pilates instructor and studio owner. Rolates often conducts innovative, educational workshops and has the added bonus of inhabiting Joseph Pilates’ original studio space!

Pilates Reforming New York, run by husband and wife team Ann Toran and Errol Toran: www.pilatesreformingny.com. Ann delivers challenging core-strengthening, elongating workouts conveniently scheduled throughout the day. Pilates Reforming New York specializes in energizing group reformer classes.

Power Pilates, presided over by Dr. Howard Sichel: www.powerpilates.com. Dr. Sichel and Power Pilates has an amazing team of leaders in the Pilates industry providing high quality instruction at 6 locations throughout New York City and more throughout the country.

So remember….if you tried Pilates once and didn’t like it, please give it another chance! Maybe it isn’t for you, but if you’re reading this, then you’re interested enough to give it another try!

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Pilates and weight loss, part 2

my_first_pilates_workout_watchdog1In our last article, we discussed many factors that contribute to weight loss.   Today, we explain how lack of sleep inhibits successful weight loss.  For all those who force themselves to stay up late and get up early, this article is for you!

The body produces many hormones, two of which are directly related to sleep and appetite.  One is ghrelin and the other is leptin.  Ghrelin is produced in the stomach and triggers hunger, while leptin is produced in adipose tissue and signals satiety, in other words, it tells the body “I’m full.”  In healthy individuals, ghrelin levels are naturally higher before a meal and leptin levels are naturally higher after a meal.

When one is sleep deprived, however, ghrelin levels climb and lower the levels of leptin in the body.  A sleep-deprived body receives signals that it is hungry beause the appetite control hormone leptin has been “turned off” by the appetite stimulating hormone ghrelin.  A study in the journal PLoS Medicine shows the correlation between short sleep duration and high levels of ghrelin.  Over a 15 year period from 1989-2004, the study shows that people who consistently sleep only five hours a night exhibit a 15% increase in ghrelin (the appetite stimulant) and a 16% decrease in leptin (the “I’m full” signal).

According to the researcher behind the study, Emmanuelle Mignot of Stamford University, this proves a regulatory problem exists in people of today’s “unnatural” society.  Before the desk job became the dominate characteristic of modern work, the human race engaged in physical activity daily as a natural part of life.  Physical activity both increases one’s appetite and one’s need for sleep.  But today, most of us are sedentary much of the day, yet forgo sleep to try and squeeze more work into the day.  So we’re not getting enough physical activity AND we’re not sleeping!  Thus, the hormone ghrelin is flowing causing us to feel hungry and eat more, though we’re not engaging in the activity necessary to burn the calories of the additional food intake.

Most people tend to brag about how little sleep they get or how little sleep they need.  Somehow, sleeping less has become the sign of a “hard worker” or a “dedicated employee,” but please don’t fall into that trap!  Sleep is good!  You can do the “Hundreds” thousands of times and do Pilates workouts (or any workout for that matter) until you are exhausted, but if you are not sleeping adequately, the hormone ghrelin is most likely thwarting your progress.  Sleep is not only replenishing, it also serves to balance these important hormones — so get to bed — NOW!

Our next article will discuss how stress is related to weight gain so tune in next time!

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Pilates and weight loss, part 1


Remember to apply yourself to your workout if you want to see results!
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Of all the questions we get asked at our studio, the question “will I lose weight?” tops the charts.  The answer is not a simple “yes” or a simple “no,” so we’ll devote the next few articles to exploring weight loss and Pilates.

First of all, successful weight loss requires three components:  proper diet/nutrition, maintenance of muscle mass and fat burning cardiovascular exercise.  If one exercises vigorously, but then eats without concern for calories, sugar, fat, etc., then that person will most likely see less results than the person who embarks on a program focusing on exercise AND diet.  Next, increasing and maintaining muscle tone helps increase the body’s metabolism because the more muscle one has, the more calories one burns.  Muscle cells require more energy just to exist, so people with greater muscle mass burn more calories even when not exercising.  Dieting without exercising can lead to both a decreased metabolic rate and a loss of muscle tone, which can thwart all the effort when pre-diet eating habits are resumed.

Additionally, the current fitness level, age and sex of the individual starting Pilates plays an enormous role in determining how much weight loss he/she will experience.  With regards to current fitness level, a deconditioned body may reap more initial benefits from Pilates than someone who engages in regular exercise and is adding Pilates to it.  As people get older, body composition changes and muscle tends to decrease, thus fat comprises more of an individual’s weight.  Also, metabolism naturally slows with age, which changes the body’s caloric needs.  Unfortunately, most people continue eating the same amount as they age even as their caloric needs decline.  And sorry ladies, but men usually have a higher metabolic rate than women because they have less body fat and more muscle than do women of the same age and weight.

Furthermore (and this may be obvious but we have a reason for mentioning it) how much one applies oneself to their Pilates session determines how much weight they will or will not lose!  The media has touted Pilates as a wonderful weight loss regime, but if people do not apply themselves to their workouts when exercising (be it Pilates or any other workout regime), results will not be gained!  Also, keep in mind that Pilates was designed to be a rehabilitative regime, to be done thoughtfully, precisely and with great attention to detail.  Pilates was not designed to be a fast moving, heart pumping workout!  Of course, when one improves one’s Pilates technique, the exercises can be accomplished more fluidly, and the pace of the workout increases as the flow improves.  If one takes the time to go slow and learn the technique from the start, the “faster” they will be able to move through their workout in the future.

At our New York studio Pilates on Fifth, we see men and women reach their fitness goals every day.  But we also see a lot of people get frustrated because they are NOT reaching their goals.  If you fall into the latter group, be sure to evaluate your eating and lifestyle habits — and be very honest with yourself!  And check back to our page for more articles on Pilates and weight loss!

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Streamline your body and your budget!!

group-classManhattan’s largest Pilates studio is offering the city’s most affordable group classes! That’s right! Pilates on Fifth has integrated a series of new Pilates mat and equipment classes at a discounted rate for its valued clientele. Although the cost of enrolling in these classes is nearly (if not entirely) half the cost of its original group class rate, the quality of instruction, facility and customer service remains at an all-time high! Pilates on Fifth proudly introduces “The Streamline Series.”

The Streamline Series recently emerged at Pilates on Fifth as a means of making top of the line Pilates affordable, and therefore accessible to Pilates practitioners of all levels! With New York City being at the center of an economic recession, we understand and empathize with the hardships finances inflict on our daily routines. However, we firmly believe that personal fitness and wellness should not be compromised. It is important to give your body and mind the healthful exercise that it deserves. The Streamline Series was designed as the economically conscious sister schedule of our already well-reputed Pilates training center.

The Streamline Series introduces a total of nineteen new classes to the Pilates on Fifth group class schedule! The classes are scattered throughout our daily and weekly schedules. If you’re an early bird, we’ve got you covered weekdays and weekends alike! Enjoy exercise after a long work day? Perfect! We have Pilates mat and equipment classes offered continuously in the evening and night hours! Prefer to partner your lunch break with some tummy tightening? We’re here for you during the lunch hours, as well! Pilates on Fifth is available morning, afternoon and night for Pilates classes of all levels.

Our Pilates mat classes infuse all of the traditional and essential exercises with stretch bands, stability balls, Pilates rings, and BOSUs. The combination of these challenging props with the comprehensive and personalized instruction of our certified instructors offers the ultimate workout. Our mat classes are accessible to first-time Pilates goers, as well as the Pilates veteran. Our instructors are sensitive to their clients’ needs and potential, and customize their workouts accordingly. The Streamline Series also includes Pilates reformer and chair classes. The reformer is one of the most important pieces of equipment in Pilates. There are eleven reformers at Pilates on Fifth, three of which have Tower attachments. Using the reformer challenges the user’s strength and flexibility. The chair is also a great teaching tool. When new students use the Chair, it helps them better understand the motions involved in Pilates. And, when more experienced students use it, the chair becomes all about strength.

Not a fan of group classes? Not a problem! Some of our clients favor a peaceful, self-paced workout of their own devices. Rather, they elect to supplement their Pilates training with Pilates on Fifth Solo Workouts. After learning exercises on all Pilates and/or GYROTONIC® equipment to develop an exercise regime right for you, you can use the equipment on your own, just as you would in a gym! Use our cardio equipment to burn fat after your muscle toning, body sculpting Pilates or GYROTONIC® workout. No more need for a gym membership! We have all you need to develop the long, lean body you’ve always wanted SAFELY! At Pilates on Fifth you can find a program that suits your personal fitness needs.

Let us help you tone your muscles, strengthen your core and feel great! Visit www.PilatesonFifth.com today to find The Streamline Series class that fits best into your schedule! Or, call us at 212-687-8885. Our friendly Front Desk staff will help you find your best Pilates match.

Not in New York? Not a problem! Owners and Directors of Pilates on Fifth and Pilates Academy International, Katherine and Kimberly Corp, launched their innovative Pilates workout and training website -Ultimate Pilates Workouts.com! Ultimate Pilates Workouts offers video downloads of both Pilates mat and equipment exercises for special conditions, target areas, pregnancy, injuries/injury prevention, and full-length workouts accessible to all levels. You can also brush up on your Pilates exercise repertoire by visiting their Training video library where both classic and cutting-edge exercises alike are taught with precision. Practice your Pilates from the convenience of your own home! Free Pilates workouts online! Visit www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com today!

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Add power to your push-ups with Pilates and ActivCore©

We’re sure you’ve all heard some version of the phrase “if you’re stranded on a deserted island, how do you keep your muscles bulging and ripped? Push-ups, of course!”

When push-ups are done correctly (i.e., pulled in abs, strong gluts, energized legs, etc.), they really do tackle every major muscle group. Even if you start with your knees down and progress to more advanced versions, push-ups help strengthen your core. But don’t forget, a strong core can help strengthen your push-ups!

Whether you already have excellent push-ups and are looking for a challenge or are looking to gain strength to be able to DO a good push-up, the ActivCore FEX© system can be your solution. Our clients from weight lifting men to willowy women have seen dramatic strength improvements using ActivCore©.

The instability of the cords adds two new and important dimensions to your push-ups: 1) keeping the cords still as you perform the push-ups triggers deep stabilizers of the shoulders and torso to fire, increasing both shoulder stability and core strength and 2) maintaining alignment of the torso three-dimensionally (preventing sagging or piking hips, rotating pelvis and rocking side-to-side) further strengthens the core and creates important muscle memory for proper alignment in other endeavors. Exercises range from simple, rehabilitative movements to intense, core strengthening workouts.

As dancers, both of us have always struggled with upper body strength and neither of us has ever enjoyed working on upper body strength. Thus it has remained our “weakest link” all our lives! We got the ActivCore FEX© system for our studio on January 9th and WOW! The increase in strength is dramatic, and we’re both enjoying the journey, too!

And for you men out there, if you want to see some “real men” practicing on ActivCore©, click on this link and watch the video of Norwegian skier Kjetil Andre Aamodt, the only Alpine skier to win 8 Olympic gold medals in addition to many other titles, using ActivCore© to train.

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NYC Pilates Instructor Certification

Are you looking for a change? Teaching Pilates professionally may be just the change you’re looking for. The Pilates Academy International, headquartered at Pilates on Fifth, attracts an eclectic group of certification students. The women and men who enroll for our NYC Pilates instructor certification come from a variety of backgrounds.

 Many of our certification students are professional dancers, either current or former. Dance is a highly competitive field; only the lucky few are able to earn a full-time living as professional dancers. When their Broadway shows close sooner than expected, or they grow weary of life on the road doing national tours, teaching Pilates is a wonderful “second career” to fall back on.

Pilates instruction is also a great career for people who discover that they’re allergic to office culture. Working a nine to five office job is not for everyone. Many of our certification students are folks who tried to make a go of office work, but discovered that it was not for them.  And what’s great about being certified through the Pilates Academy International is that you are supported by a website with hundreds of Pilates training DVD’s and over fifty full length Pilates workouts online…. the ultimate resource for a Pilates professional!! 

 At http://www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/, you’ll find both instruction and inspiration as you embark on your Pilates career.  All the videos are taught by Kimberly and Katherine Corp, the founders of Pilates Academy International and owners of Pilates on Fifth in New York City.  Their style reflects the style of their Pilates certification program as well, aiming to create knowledgeable and compassionate Pilates instructors.  For a small fee (less than $0.72 per day!) you can have access to free downloads of Pilates workouts and free downloads of Pilates training videos.  Or, you can sign up for the basic membership and view all the free online Pilates mat workouts.  It’s like having a free membership to a Pilates studio!

 Teaching Pilates is a fabulous career for people who love people, who love movement, and who love teaching. If you truly love all three, you’ll discover that teaching Pilates really feeds you. You won’t “run out” of things to teach. Rather, you’ll discover that your love for Pilates and your interest in your clients’ improvement inspires you to greater and greater heights. We find Pilates instruction to be both deeply satisfying and personally rewarding. Through your instruction, you can help alleviate people’s pain, raise their spirits, and even lengthen their lives. It’s important work that requires vast knowledge, precise skill, and boundless enthusiasm.

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New York City Pilates Workouts

The New York City Pilates workouts at Pilates on Fifth are more than just effective and inspiring; they’re also safe. Pilates workouts target the body’s core. During your Pilates workout, you’ll exercise the deepest muscles of your abdomen as well as the muscles surrounding and supporting your spine. These areas are prone to injury and fatigue. Consider just how many of us experience lower back pain on a regular basis.

An expert Pilates instructor is able to work these deep core muscles safely and effectively. This intelligent instructor uses Pilates to help her students prevent injuries and pain. Less experienced or knowledgeable Pilates instructors, on the other hand, can actually hurt their clients. If the instructor leading your Pilates workout isn’t certified, or doesn’t have a deep understanding of biomechanics or anatomy, how can you trust her to work out the muscles surrounding your spine? Working out with a mediocre or ignorant Pilates trainer is as ill-advised as visiting an unlicensed physician.

The instructors we hire to teach at Pilates on Fifth are the best in the business; that’s why our New York City Pilates workouts are so safe and so good. As the owners of Pilates on Fifth, we hire only those Pilates instructors with an exceptional knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics. All of our Pilates instructors are certified. Like the two of us (the Corp sisters), our other instructors are Pilates experts.

Because our Pilates workouts are so safe and effective, you’ll be able to stick to your exercise program without fail. How many times have you begun exercising, only to quit a month later because it hurt your joints, tendons, or muscles? Pilates will actually protect, strengthen, and rehabilitate these injuries; it certainly won’t exacerbate them. As one of our clients told us, her “lower back pain has decreased dramatically” since beginning her Pilates workouts. As another client told us, “It’s the only time I’ve been so dedicated to fitness.”

And now, with www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com, we bring you nyc pilates straight to your home computer. It’s your one stop shop for free online Pilates workouts. When free Pilates workouts online stream straight from your computer, there is no need to go to a gym or a Pilates studio when you an do at home Pilates workouts without even having to buy a Pilates DVD!

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