What Pilates is What Pilates isn’t.” Part 1

Hi Everyone,
I hope you have enjoyed some of the post on my blog. However to clean up the site and give it more credibility it will be closing and reopening here at our new bog The Core Matrix.
Here you will find the same great information on Pilates and Pilates equiptment.
Hope to see you there.

Don Kirby


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  • First I would like to mention this article was inspired by Rebecca Leone, who I adore. She is dedicated to the integrity of the work and educates many instructors and general public alike.
  • Rebecca Leone www.pilatesnun.com
She along with Michele Larson and the great team of instructors of CoreDynamics in Santa Fe New Mexico, keep me striving to be my best and give as much integrity to the work as possible. They are mentors for me.
The work is vast and there is no way to cover it in one newsletter. So… I will divide this into 4 parts. Here it goes.
“Pilates” What it is What it isn’t Part 1
Pilates called Contrology by Joseph Pilates is a method, a philosophy developed by Joseph Hubertus Pilates. (Pilates – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) It is a balanced system. It focuses on Core postural muscles to help keep the body balanced which is essential to providing support for the spine. In particular. Pilates’ exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, and aim to strengthen the deep torso muscles.
“The science of Contrology disproves that prevalent and all-to-trite saying,
‘You’re only as old as you feel.’
The art of contrology proves that the only real guide to your true age lies not in your years or
how you THINK you feel but as you ACTUALLY are as infallibly indicated by the degree of
natural and normal flexibility enjoyed by your spine throughout life.” Joseph H. Pilates
Elements of Pilates
  • Precision
  • Concentration
  • Breathing
  • Centering
  • Rhythm and Flow
  • Coordination
  • Control
The Pilates method incorporates movement’s that are on your back (supine), on your stomach (prone), on your side (lateral), forward bending (flexion), back bending (extension), and rotation (twist) as well as kneeling, standing, and (quadruped) on all fours. It fuses stability, strength, coordination and flexibility and focuses on the whole body.
It is not a weight loss program however; many people lose inches and fit better in their clothes. In order to lose weight you must create a caloric deficit.  If that is your goal I have nutrition programs and personal training. Pilates may or may not do help you lose weight.
The Original 34 Mat Pilates Exercises
1. The Hundred
2. The Roll Up
3. The Roll Over with legs spread (both ways)
4. The One Leg Circle (both ways)
5. Rolling Back
6. The One Leg Stretch
7. The Double Leg Stretch
8. The Spine Stretch
9. Rocker with Open Legs
10. The Cork Screw
11. The Saw
12. The Swan-Dive
13. The One Leg Kick
14. The Double Kick
15. The Neck Pull
16. The Scissors
17. The Bicycle
18. The Shoulder Bridge
19. The Spine Twist
20. The Jack Knife
21. The Side Kick
22. The Teaser
23. The Hip Twist with Stretched Arms
24. Swimming
25. The Leg-Pull – Front
26. The Leg-Pull
27. The Side Kick Kneeling
28. The Side Bend
29. The Boomerang
30. The Seal
31. The Crab
32. The Rocking
33. The Control Balance
34. The Push Up
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About dkpilates

Pilates Instructor, Yoga Instructor, Personnel trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. Don teaches Contemporary and the Authentic forms of Pilates, in the later 90's, Don began his study of Yoga. His study of Yoga includes the Hatha, Iyengar, Bikram, and Astanga disciplines. His other areas of interest in fitness include Martial Arts, Spin, Boot Camp Training, and Weight Training. Don has extensive training and certifications from AFFA, IDEA, MadDog, B-Fit and Polestar. Don Continues his of Pilates education with Michelle Larson in Santa Fe New Mexico. His personal philosophy related to fitness is to aid students in a personalized balance of strength, stamina and flexibility. He is dedicated to design a program specifically for his students independent of the season of their life to create functional movement and help them reach their fitness goals.
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