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Excerpts — Pilates-2nd Edition

Adapting Exercises

There is no need to reinvent the wheel. I’ve seen people create variations of Pilates exercises simply to be different or to avoid boredom.

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Corkscrew and Hip Circle Exercises

This exercise builds on the principles of the Mat Work: Supine Spine Twist but incorporates a longer lever (the legs), intensifying the hip flexor work and the abdominal work, particularly that of the oblique abdominals.

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Side Over and Basic Swan Exercises

This is an excellent exercise for teaching precise lateral flexion and correct alignment, thereby laying a foundation to later perform the same movement in more challenging positions on other pieces of apparatus.

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The Fundamental Apparatus Program

Exercises: 30; approximate time: 60 minutes

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