Pilates Students' Manual

Pilates Students' Manual

Helping you get the most out of your Pilates classes! If you love Pilates, or are just curious about it, this podcast is for you! I'm Olivia, and every week I'll will be diving into the who, what, where, when, and why of Pilates in an engaging and enthusiastic way for new and experienced Pilates students alike. Let's learn something new!

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June 17, 2021 11 min

Welcome back to Season 4 of Pilates Students' Manual! Tune in for some thank yous, some big updates to the podcast studio, and a sneak peak of the new season! Starting this season, the podcast will follow a biweekly posting schedule, with the next new episode coming out on July 2.

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How does the work you do in your Pilates class apply to your daily life? It has real physical and tangible applications, but it can also impact your life in larger ways. Tune in to learn more!   

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March 4, 2021 20 min

Today we dive in the world of less common Pilates equipment, and there's some weird ones. Learn what they are, what they do, and why they're an important accessory to your Pilates practice! 

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February 11, 2021 21 min

Today's episode explores pieces of Pilates equipment that are commonly used in classes, both in the studio and at home. I discuss the mat, reformer, chair, Cadillac, tower, springboard, ladder barrel, and magic circle. Stay tuned for the next episode on less common Pilates equipment!

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January 21, 2021 21 min

Tune in to hear more about different styles of Pilates! Learning about different styles will help you when you're looking at studios or classes. One style might resonate with you, and that's great. Happy moving! 

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January 7, 2021 26 min

Tune in for the second half of my conversation with Sonja R. Price Herbert about all things Pilates. She shares her perspective on classical Pilates, Joe's legacy, what makes a good Pilates teacher, and what she wishes she knew when she started her Pilates journey more than 13 years ago. Be sure to listen to the first part of our conversation over on Pilates Teachers' Manual here: *http://bit.ly/PTMs4e1*   

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December 17, 2020 6 min

Here's a quick wrap up of Season 2 of Pilates Students' Manual. I'll see you with brand new episodes on January 8th, 2021. Have a lovely holiday season!  

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The holidays can be busy, stressful, and hectic, but doing Pilates can help! It can't stop the stress, but it can give you some time to connect to yourself through movement. Check out these tips for building your Pilates practice in the holidays and beyond. 

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Joseph Pilates created a wonderful system of movement and exercise that continues to inspire students and teachers alike. While parts of his program are truly visionary, several of his beliefs have not turned out to be true. Today I look at Joseph Pilates' books Your Health  (1934) and Return to Life through Contrology (1945) and examine his theories on movement and wellness. 

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November 19, 2020 23 min

Today we break the ab series down into doable pieces, find the real focus of the exercises, and workshop that pesky chest lift. This is definitely a series of exercises you'll be working on in your classes, so you can apply these tips and tricks right away! 

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November 12, 2020 20 min

Today we're discussing flexibility, mobility, and hypermobility. The great news is, whether you're looking to become more flexible or find more stability in hypermobile joints, Pilates can help. Tune in to hear some tips to help you meet your goals in your Pilates classes! 

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November 5, 2020 19 min

This week's episode looks at active aging, what it is, why it's important to think about, and how Pilates can meet you at all ages and abilities. I look at how the body ages and how Pilates addresses common concerns around aging and can help keep you moving and grooving! 

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October 29, 2020 21 min

What three exercises would you take with you on a deserted island? I'd definitely bring this one. Today's episode is an exercise breakdown of bridging, or the pelvic curl. I share why it's so good for your body, tips to bridge your best, and share where bridge fits in the spectrum of Pilates exercises. Tune in to learn more! 

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October 22, 2020 18 min

No exercise system ticks all the boxes for movement health. However, running and Pilates go so well together, and working with both modalities together can create a more complete picture of movement health. Still not so sure? Tune in to learn more!   

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October 15, 2020 17 min

Listening to your body may sound intimidating or even impossible, so I've got a few tricks to make it more accessible. Paying attention to what's going on inside is important and can add new layers of discovery to our Pilates practice, but using what what see and feel on the outside of our bodies can help. Tune in to learn more! 

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October 8, 2020 23 min

The hip is an incredible, beautiful, and complex joint in the human body. Learn what it does, how it works (and sometimes doesn't) and ways that Pilates helps keep hips happy! 

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October 1, 2020 18 min

I just finished Caged Lion by John Howard Steel and it is full of information and stories that may interest you as a student. If you're curious about where Pilates came from, what Joe Pilates was like, and how Pilates has survived and evolved over time, the book (and this podcast episode!) are for you! 

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September 24, 2020 22 min

Pilates can help you identify and remedy some underlying causes of back pain. Tune in to learn more about back pain and how Pilates can address it!   

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September 17, 2020 19 min

How do you measure progress in Pilates? It's different for everyone, but I like to measure progress in two ways: how my body feels in and out of class, and the way my body manages instability. Tune in to learn about more signs of progress and ways to track your growth! 

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September 10, 2020 19 min

What are your burning Pilates questions? In this FAQ episode, learn more about what people on the internet are curious about! If these bite-sized answers don't quite satisfy your curiosity, you'll love Season 2 of the podcast, where I'll dive into these topics in even greater detail!   

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