Pilates Studio

The essentials of an intermediate Pilates mat workout

In this video, Shoshana will show you set up and techniques for the some of the essential exercises in the classical intermediate Pilates mat order. 

The basics of a beginners Pilates mat workout

In this video, Shoshana reviews a sampling of Pilates Mat exercises that would typically be appropriate for those new to Pilates. 

A Beginner / Intermediate Reformer Workout

In this video, JoyMove's Senior Pilates instructor, Lisa, demonstrates the classical reformer order for a beginner/intermediate student. As with all Pilates reformer orders, there is initially a warm up for the body, followed by a more challenging progression, ending with a cool down. 

Disclaimer: Before beginning any new exercise regimen, especially if you are not used to regular exercise, it is important to consult with your primary care physician.

Pilates Guidelines for Osteoporosis

by Shoshana Goldstein

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), "Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones. It happens when you lose too much bone, make too little bone or both. As a result, your bones become weak and may break from a minor fall or, in serious cases, even from simple actions, like sneezing or bumping into furniture." 

Pilates can improve your strength, balance and flexibility. However, it is important to alter some of the exercises to avoid potential fractures. Here are some guidelines to follow, formulated by Shari Berkowitz of The Vertical Workshop.

1. When exercises call for a head/chest lift, keep your head down. 

2. Omit any exercises that involve forward bending. Instead, hinge from the hips. 

3. Exercises that are on your stomach (prone) should be eliminated, unless you have low osteoporosis and no fractures. Pressing into the ribcage can be traumatic on the spine.

4. Avoid rolling exercises.

5. When in a seated position, make sure that you are not sitting behind your sitz bones in a "tucked" position. Instead, sit on top of your sit bones with as much bend in your knees as needed. 

6. In any balance exercise, make sure you have support. 

7. Depending on the percentage of osteoporosis that you have you might need to eliminate rotation exercises and lateral flexion exercises.