In all my years of teaching Pilates, I've only seen a few people properly perform Criss Cross. There's a HUGE problem with Criss Cross and in this short video, I explain what it is and how to fix it.
Also, and for some reason this seems very important to me, I want you to know that I do NOT have a lisp in spite of it sounding like I do. The acoustics in the space were such that everything I filmed and have posted sounds like I'm lisping on my "s's" but you're going to have to trust me on this, I'm not. Really.
It doesn't get any simpler than this.
An abbreviated Can Can, Hip Circles, Teaser 1, 2, 3, Seal.
And if you don't know how to do these things with this type of control, hit me up. I produce results. Period.
Romana died earlier today and I want to share with you how I met her and how I will remember her.
Goodbye Romana, it's time for you to rest.
As we were working on the Reformer exercise Up Stretch in my Comprehensive Education Program, I thought this might be a good excerpt to cover the 2 common performance challenges of it. 1) how to strongly sequence through the spine so the move that returns you to the "up" home position comes from your strong back and not, as so many "schools" currently teach it, from your strong hips and 2) where to go for the strength to pay for the support of so much body weight that migrates well beyond the pier support of the hands on the footbar.
Every exercise I teach in my program examines the theoretical performance foundation so that's why I had the Wunda Chair close by to show that without a solid Pull the Pedal Up, your back won't be strong enough to lift you smoothly and safely back into the 'Up" home position. Pull the Pedal Up is a foundational exercise for Up Stretch. If you can't nail Pull the Pedal Up, you definitely won't nail Up Stretch.
If you don't thoroughly understand the theoretical progression theory of the work, you're pretty much screwed because you'll have no way of knowing for sure that your client can safely perform a new exercise. There's only an order prescribed by Joe for Mat and Reformer and if you don't understand the theory behind the method, you're going to be totally lost when you teach on other pieces of equipment.
Have fun with Up Stretch and if you need more help, just let me know.
Videos by Rebecca Leone