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Sometimes coming back to your Pilates workout after your summer break means taking time to renew your relationship with the basics of this amazing work. Iso Fit recommends the following exercises - they are simple, yet powerful in their results and can be done as homework in between your sessions.....READ MORE
As useful and versatile as they are, Foam Rollers are slowly starting to get the recognition they deserve. We know you know you need one. However we also know you may not know how to use one (how many times did we just use the word "know"?) ! Here are some great tips courtesy of the Foam Roller Guide (and a useful video from Kinetic Fitness in the UK):
Lie on your left side and put the foam roller under you hip. Now, use your elbow for balance, placing it firmly on the floor. Initially, both your legs should be extended straight towards the floor. Then, slowly bend your right knee and bend it over the right leg, placing the foot just in front of the right one. You’ll find that this is the most comfortable position you can get and once you’re happy with the way things are, slowly roll your hip up and down the roller. The movements should encompass your hip and upper thigh area. For the right hip, just flip over and reverse the position. You should be able to roll for about two or three minutes every day.
This one is the most basic exercise for the foam roller and could give the most benefit after a long day of hard work. Clear an area off the floor and put your foam roller in the place of your choice. Now, lie on it with your back and slowly move up and down so that the foam would distribute pressure all over your tissues and muscles.
For this exercise, you’ll be improving your balance as well as your triceps. First off, sit on the floor with your legs stretched in front of you. Your hands should be stretch out at your back, helping you maintain balance. However, it would not be placed on the floor but on the foam roller. With your hands on the foam roller, tighten your core, extend your arms and lift yourself off the floor. Make sure that your shoulders don’t contract, keeping it straight and in line with your hands.
For the upper part of your arms, try doing push ups while holding on to the foam roller.
As you may know, Polestar Pilates Asia recently hosted a Pilates and Somatic Movement Conference in Hong Kong (beginning of April 2011). T8 Fitness were proud to be one of the sponsors and we had a great time - as you can tell from the pictures of us posing on Facebook!
We were fortunate enough to spend quite a bit of time with Deborah Lessen while she was here for the conference (Pilates Expert and Former President of the Pilates Method Alliance). We took the opportunity to pick her brains a little bit about Pilates Exercise on the Mat:
It's very important, says Deborah Lessen, that we pay attention to the details right from the "get-go". This means making sure that we move well in the beginning of a session and make initial relationships. I (and you) know from personal experience that mind and body needs to be focused and in sync right from the start of your session in order to get the maximum benefit from your training. For this reason, Deborah recommends the following three exercises to get any mat session off to a good start.......READ ARTICLE
Are you T8 Fit? Give some of these exercises a go and you will be well on your way!
不知您是否知道，亞洲Polestar普拉提最近在香港舉行了普拉提和身體運動大會（2011年4月開始）。T8 Fitness很榮幸能成為贊助商之一，當日我們都有一個很愉快的時間– 您可以從我們的Facebook上的照片看到！
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