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.
.
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.
.
.
.
.

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.
.
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.
.
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.
.
.
.
.
@absolutestudios
With @rascal_physique_ instructor.
Thank you.
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.
.
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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
.
.
.
..
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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Back on the Pilates reformer

Back on the Pilates reformer.

Exercise for hip rotation, inner thigh muscles- the adductors, and hip control. Especially good for strengthening around the hip. 
I did this exercise as part of a series of 3 sets.  Toes turned out heels together, 
then toes turned in heels out 
and then straight. 
So using all three sets of surounding hip support muscles. .
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Exercise for hip rotation, inner thigh muscles- the adductors, and hip control. Especially good for strengthening around the hip.
I did this exercise as part of a series of 3 sets. Toes turned out heels together,
then toes turned in heels out
and then straight.
So using all three sets of surounding hip support muscles. .
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Back in the Pilates Reformer studio One leg in table top, the other doing straight leg raises to the highest point that stretches the ham strings too

Back in the Pilates Reformer studio

One leg in table top, the other doing straight leg raises to the highest point that stretches the ham strings too. All the time keeping the hips stable, core engaged and spine in neutral-not flat to the reformer.
All the time keeping the hips stable, core engaged and spine in neutral-not flat to the reformer.

Studio reformer Pilates This seated “froggy plie” exercise is to help core stability, hip flexors, all leg muscles

Studio reformer Pilates 
This seated "froggy plie" exercise is to help core stability, hip flexors, all leg muscles. The important bit is is to try and keep the back straight, tummy muscles engaged and the plie movements as smooth as possible. Its more difficult than it looks.
The important bit is is to try and keep the back straight, tummy muscles engaged and the plie movements as smooth as possible. Its more difficult than it looks.