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RITAROSE SparkPoints: (166,052)
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11/19/12 8:33 A


11/19/12 8:28 A

Yes. It's one of my favourite workouts.

When I started doing pilates years ago, I gained an inch in height from the stretching and lengthening of the spine.

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11/19/12 7:58 A


MOTOMAMA Posts: 2,010
11/19/12 7:43 A


DLDROST Posts: 8,082
11/19/12 7:37 A


SSCOTT331 SparkPoints: (32,971)
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11/19/12 6:07 A


TRYINGHARD54 Posts: 5,292
11/19/12 6:01 A

i tried it.. dont care for it..

SANDYCRANE SparkPoints: (103,380)
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11/19/12 5:05 A


RICU1952 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/19/12 3:13 A

No, yoga, spinning, and gym workouts

BERRY4 SparkPoints: (246,604)
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11/19/12 2:59 A

I LOVED pilates when I had a great teacher! I ALWAYS felt better after my 1-hr. class. She taught so well that it could be adapted to anyone at any level.

However, that gym closed and I have yet to find another instructor even close to Vanessa. -- At the gym I'm at now, they run a fast-paced session using weights. The few times I tried it, I felt like I was going to injure myself. It really had only a semblance to real pilates.

LATTELEE Posts: 4,697
11/18/12 10:10 P


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11/18/12 9:15 P


DWROBERGE Posts: 321,898
11/18/12 8:34 P


TEEBEE44 Posts: 1,029
11/18/12 6:27 P

Never tried it

NORWOODGIRL SparkPoints: (204,154)
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11/18/12 6:24 P

nope - too hard for me

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11/18/12 6:10 P


PLATINUM755 Posts: 42,993
11/18/12 6:00 P


KARALEAM Posts: 4,946
11/18/12 5:55 P

not really

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11/18/12 5:54 P


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11/18/12 5:38 P


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11/18/12 5:38 P


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11/18/12 4:55 P


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11/18/12 4:39 P


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11/18/12 6:17 A


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11/18/12 4:19 A


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11/18/12 3:40 A

Yes. It has been awesome for my back pain.

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11/15/12 3:10 P


STRANGER70127 Posts: 407
11/15/12 2:56 P

I tried many different exercise groups at NYSC here in New York. One membership fee and you can attend as many classes and use as many machines as you want. Pilates was one of them. I found yoga to be the most comforting one, though.

NEWMEETERNITY SparkPoints: (0)
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11/15/12 11:26 A

never have but i have thought about it

BOBBYS1GIRL SparkPoints: (0)
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11/15/12 11:02 A

Yes, on a mat and I love it. It's done wonders for strengthening my core and back. I have problems with my joints so I started out slow. If something doesn't feel right, don't force it. Just move on to the next move. I really like the advice given here on having someone in the profession working with you to teach you proper form.

JASTAMPER11 SparkPoints: (57,593)
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11/15/12 10:55 A

I used to...but it takes some time and cardio is more intensive and quicker

THINJIM1 Posts: 3,030
11/15/12 10:53 A


OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (225,105)
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11/15/12 10:50 A

usually 4 or 5 mornings a week. I started out with a class at the Y (which I would recommend to newbies) but now I have a DVD that I like so Pilates is my at home morning workout.

This morning I tried one of the 10 min Pilates workouts here on Spark. I liked it so much I will buy the DVD today. It's good to have variety!

there is a Pilates studio very close to our usual vacation spot. Next time we are there I'll check into the cost and maybe do a session there.

JEFFGIRL Posts: 10,657
11/15/12 10:04 A

No I don't. Have recently taken up Zumba.

SUN22BEAM SparkPoints: (5,954)
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11/15/12 10:03 A

at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes. It boosts my metabolism more than anything I have ever tried in the past, and it is very calming for me.

11/15/12 9:56 A


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11/15/12 9:27 A


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11/15/12 9:16 A


ARUSHING2 SparkPoints: (26,830)
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11/15/12 9:14 A

Yes, once down in Mexico City. Quite a thorough and complete work-out. I'd do it again and constant in a flash. That one tapped me out quick enough for certain.

TIG123GER SparkPoints: (77,547)
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11/15/12 9:08 A

No - do yoga for my stretching and weights for strength.

MS0669 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/15/12 9:05 A

no - I tried PiYo and didn't like it !

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11/15/12 8:49 A


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11/15/12 8:41 A


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11/15/12 8:08 A


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11/15/12 7:52 A


PUNKYPA Posts: 3,627
11/15/12 7:38 A

I do not.

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11/15/12 6:52 A


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11/15/12 2:13 A

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SLIMMERKIWI Posts: 26,040
11/15/12 12:30 A

When I was having rehab after a bad accident, the Physiotherapist who was doing the rehab sent me to another once my muscles had strengthened enough. The new Physiotherapist was/is also a practicing, qualified Pilates Instructor. We did Mat Pilates only. As you have trouble with your joints, I strongly suggest that you get a referral to a Physiotherapist who also practices Pilates, so that you can be given the appropriate exercises for you, and steered away for the more harmful ones - and believe me, there WILL be harmful ones, but they will have to assess you first.

The first Physiotherapist got me using a gym ball and initially I just did 5 minutes gentle warm-ups in the morning and again in the afternoon. After a week or so, she built on that slightly with the length of time, and a couple more exercises. It was only after my back and deep abdominals were strengthened enough that I went on to the more formal Mat Pilates.

Another thing that MIGHT be beneficial is hydrotherapy. Walking in a pool is excellent - if you are in the northern hemisphere it might need to be a heated pool!

Good luck,

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
11/15/12 12:22 A

I have a pilates machine, i have trouble with my joints so i need something low impact...

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