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_

Testing core strength

Testing core strength.
Think it's part of Pilates "Teasers".
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Trying to sit up as tall as possible whilst keeping the back as straight as possible too.
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It's hard
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Think it’s part of Pilates “Teasers”.
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Trying to sit up as tall as possible whilst keeping the back as straight as possible too.
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It’s hard
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Pilates reformer

Pilates reformer.
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Arm exercise with legs in tabletop.
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Keep shoulders down
Keep ribs down.
Back in neutral.
Core engaged.
Legs in tabletop.
Arms strong and LATS engaged. 
This flat rectangular muscle of the back helps the arms rotate as well as move away from and toward the body.
It also is the muscle that can help tone that annoying fatty area that hangs over the bra sides. .
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@absolutestudios

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Arm exercise with legs in tabletop.
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Keep shoulders down
Keep ribs down.
Back in neutral.
Core engaged.
Legs in tabletop.
Arms strong and LATS engaged.
This flat rectangular muscle of the back helps the arms rotate as well as move away from and toward the body.
It also is the muscle that can help tone that annoying fatty area that hangs over the bra sides. .
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@absolutestudios

Punching my way into the weekend

Punching my way into the weekend.
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And in case you're wondering why the trainer called me Bella? He was talking to my daughter Bella who was training with me! .
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And in case you’re wondering why the trainer called me Bella? He was talking to my daughter Bella who was training with me! .
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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.
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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.
.
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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We all need some downtime to reboot each week

We all need some downtime to reboot each week.
This includes a weekly Pilates class for me. .
If we keep our bodies reasonably fit and eat healthily,  then when we are super busy we are still able to cope when life becomes stressful.
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This is an exercise from my Wednesday physio reformer pilates class.
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This Pilates exercise strengthens arms, helps the movement and flexibility of a tight upper back, works the tum, core and glute muscles, the inner thighs and needs balance to be able to stand, twist and bend over. .
It's more difficult than it looks, especially when it's done slowly with control, holding out the platform steadily before returning it back in.
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This includes a weekly Pilates class for me. .
If we keep our bodies reasonably fit and eat healthily, then when we are super busy we are still able to cope when life becomes stressful.
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This is an exercise from my Wednesday physio reformer pilates class.
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This Pilates exercise strengthens arms, helps the movement and flexibility of a tight upper back, works the tum, core and glute muscles, the inner thighs and needs balance to be able to stand, twist and bend over. .
It’s more difficult than it looks, especially when it’s done slowly with control, holding out the platform steadily before returning it back in.
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