Reformer Pilates

Reformer Pilates.
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Often an exercise needs subtle postural tweaks or alignments to be performed correctly and effectively. .
Small corrections can make all the difference to feeling the right muscles engaging and working properly.
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It's very easy to often think you're doing an exercise as it should be done, but in fact be cheating yourself as a slightly incorrect stance or body placement won't be using the specific targeted muscle or set of muscles for the movement. .
Here I'm trying to keep the back straight, hips square, core engaged, abs and glutes switched on, and the knee tracking correctly over the ankle and foot on the standing leg.
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With thanks to @absolutestudios @rascal_physique_

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Often an exercise needs subtle postural tweaks or alignments to be performed correctly and effectively. .
Small corrections can make all the difference to feeling the right muscles engaging and working properly.
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It’s very easy to often think you’re doing an exercise as it should be done, but in fact be cheating yourself as a slightly incorrect stance or body placement won’t be using the specific targeted muscle or set of muscles for the movement. .
Here I’m trying to keep the back straight, hips square, core engaged, abs and glutes switched on, and the knee tracking correctly over the ankle and foot on the standing leg.
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With thanks to @absolutestudios @rascal_physique_

Mother and daughter reformer Pilates

Mother and daughter reformer Pilates.
She's the one further away obvs
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This exercise is for the lower abs, core, glutes and also arms. .
To raise the intensity of the exercise the legs can be scissored lower just as my daughter is doing.
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With thanks to @absolutestudios Luke .
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She’s the one further away obvs
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This exercise is for the lower abs, core, glutes and also arms. .
To raise the intensity of the exercise the legs can be scissored lower just as my daughter is doing.
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With thanks to @absolutestudios Luke .
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Wednesday Pilates

Wednesday Pilates.
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Shoulder stand.
An exercise challenging the lower abs. 
Using the lower tummy muscles to get the rise up rather than just momentum.
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When I post a video clip of an exercise I've done,  I notice how I could have done it a bit better. .
I had felt I was right up tall onto my shoulders with my body more perpendicular than it was. .
Once up in the air, this exercise can be continued with the legs then going further backwards, toes to the reformer over the head and then reversing back over again. .
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With thanks to
Luke
@absolutestudios

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Shoulder stand.
An exercise challenging the lower abs.
Using the lower tummy muscles to get the rise up rather than just momentum.
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When I post a video clip of an exercise I’ve done, I notice how I could have done it a bit better. .
I had felt I was right up tall onto my shoulders with my body more perpendicular than it was. .
Once up in the air, this exercise can be continued with the legs then going further backwards, toes to the reformer over the head and then reversing back over again. .
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With thanks to
Luke
@absolutestudios

Reformer pilates

Reformer pilates.
Glute and core stability strengthening bridge exercise.
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Trying to remember to keep hips equalized, turn on and engage the core, glutes, hamstrings and lower ab muscles required for the movement and to come back down from the bridge with control and the discs of the spine moving smoothly and sequentially. The opposite arm to the supporting leg is pressing into the reformer as the heel presses into the bar.
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With thanks to Luke @absolutestudios .

Glute and core stability strengthening bridge exercise.
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Trying to remember to keep hips equalized, turn on and engage the core, glutes, hamstrings and lower ab muscles required for the movement and to come back down from the bridge with control and the discs of the spine moving smoothly and sequentially. The opposite arm to the supporting leg is pressing into the reformer as the heel presses into the bar.
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With thanks to Luke @absolutestudios .

Pilates Reformer

Pilates Reformer. .
As with all my Instagram posts I hope to demonstrate that no-one including myself is perfect in real life.
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But we can all do our best, work towards being our best versions of ourselves ( without edits or Instagram filters), whatever age, bodyshape or size we are.
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Thank you to:
@absolutestudios
@rascal_physique_
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As with all my Instagram posts I hope to demonstrate that no-one including myself is perfect in real life.
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But we can all do our best, work towards being our best versions of ourselves ( without edits or Instagram filters), whatever age, bodyshape or size we are.
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Thank you to:
@absolutestudios
@rascal_physique_

Pilates reformer fitness Thursday

Pilates reformer fitness Thursday.
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This particular exercise is so much harder than it looks.
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It depends on a strong glute med, good turn out from the hip and core stability, .
I found it hard to do as I had a left hip resurface op a few years ago ( the same op as @andymurray has just had) and also tore the glute med subsequently.
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So the mechanics of how my left hip works, together with the hip flexors and glutes are not as they were before. Also at the age of 64 the body is slightly more worn now! .
But with hard work its possible to aspire to be the best you can be.
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 @absolutestudios 
With @rascal_physique_ instructor.
Thank you.
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This particular exercise is so much harder than it looks.
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It depends on a strong glute med, good turn out from the hip and core stability, .
I found it hard to do as I had a left hip resurface op a few years ago ( the same op as @andymurray has just had) and also tore the glute med subsequently.
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So the mechanics of how my left hip works, together with the hip flexors and glutes are not as they were before. Also at the age of 64 the body is slightly more worn now! .
But with hard work its possible to aspire to be the best you can be.
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@absolutestudios
With @rascal_physique_ instructor.
Thank you.
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Mother daughter personal training HIIT workout

Mother daughter personal training HIIT workout.
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Squats with weighted medicine ball.
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My daughter's ball is twice as heavy as mine as she is twice as fit as me and also as I'm super cautious and mindful of my own weaknesses from lower back injuries and a hip resurface op a few years ago.
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@bellacampbell1

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Squats with weighted medicine ball.
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My daughter’s ball is twice as heavy as mine as she is twice as fit as me and also as I’m super cautious and mindful of my own weaknesses from lower back injuries and a hip resurface op a few years ago.
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@bellacampbell1

Another Pilates reformer exercise for glute and core strengthening and balance and stability on the supporting leg

Another Pilates reformer exercise for glute and core strengthening and balance and stability on the supporting leg .
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This video clip was filmed after an tough hour group class and the glutes were certainly feeling the workout! . 
Quite wobbly this time as my muscles were tired and should have had the hanging leg straight but corrected it before the end of the video clip
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Thank you to 
@absolutestudios @rascal_physique_ .
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This video clip was filmed after an tough hour group class and the glutes were certainly feeling the workout! .
Quite wobbly this time as my muscles were tired and should have had the hanging leg straight but corrected it before the end of the video clip
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Thank you to
@absolutestudios @rascal_physique_ .
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Pilates reformer at Absolute Pilatea studio London with Sophie @rascal_physique_

Pilates reformer at Absolute Pilatea studio London with Sophie @rascal_physique_ .
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Core stability, balance, glute work. .
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Core stability, balance, glute work. .
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