SparkPeople Pilates Lovers Team Messageboard We love Pilates! This team is for anyone interested in Pilates, whether you've been practicing Pilates for a lifetime or are a complete newbie. SparkPeople Pilates Lovers Team Messageboard Hi from Alaska wilderness Hi My mame is Jan <BR> Birthday=Oct11 <BR> I live in the Alaskan wilderness 15 miles from nearest town &amp; 2 miles from nearest road. Glad there is phone reception. <BR> A grandma of 7. <BR> A pet dog <BR> Hobbies= doing math &amp; logic problems when time permits. <BR> Sun, 18 Oct 2020 15:09:46 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 8 Jul 2020 12:34:26 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 28 Jun 2020 18:00:45 EST Two Words, Change One Spring time Mon, 23 Mar 2020 18:58:21 EST January Challenge Let's see how many days we can do Pilates this month! Each time you do Pilates post on this thread with how many Pilates workouts you've done total this month! I will send a goodie to the person who accumulates the most Pilates workouts this month. Fri, 3 Jan 2020 15:45:01 EST Hello, new to team Name: Amanda <BR> <BR> Your birthday: January 25th <BR> <BR> Live in Minnesota <BR> <BR> Married <BR> <BR> You anniversary: March 15th <BR> <BR> Children: 1 son 13 years old <BR> <BR> Pets: 3 cats 1 bunny <BR> <BR> Hobbies: Painting clay sculptures, hiking, reading, gaming, spending time with my family and fur-babies. <BR> <BR> How much weight have you lost? 73 pounds <BR> <BR> How much do you want to lose? 50 pounds to go Tue, 8 Oct 2019 19:38:11 EST Pilates Principles There are six Pilates principles. They are: <BR> Concentration <BR> Centering <BR> Control <BR> Breathing <BR> Precision <BR> Flow Thu, 27 Dec 2018 22:41:05 EST All About Joe Joseph Hubertus Pilates was the creator of Pilates. But he called it Contrology. He developed his movement system over a lifetime of self-study and apprenticeship in yoga, Zen, and ancient Greek and Roman physical regimens. Thu, 27 Dec 2018 22:39:22 EST Karen from Colorado Name: Karen <BR> <BR> Your birthday? December 11 <BR> <BR> Where do you live? Colorado Springs <BR> <BR> Married / single / widowed? Married <BR> <BR> You anniversary? June 4 <BR> <BR> Children / grandchildren? None <BR> <BR> Pets? 4 cats <BR> <BR> Hobbies? Dance, Pilates, Reading, Hiking, Puzzles, Hanging out with friends <BR> <BR> How much weight have you lost? This time around I've not lost any overall weight, but I've lost 10 pounds of body fat. <BR> How much do you want to lose?... Wed, 26 Dec 2018 22:59:52 EST A-Z Winter Words Lets see how many time we can get through the alphabet using only words associated with winter. <BR> <BR> I'll start with A - Arctic Wed, 26 Dec 2018 22:49:12 EST What style of Pilates do you do? Curious to know what style people like to do/teach? <BR> <BR> I took private lessons with a Classical teacher who spent a lot of time with me on the Cadillac and Reformer. <BR> <BR> I've also spent many months working on just mat (focus on Classical) and then integrated the Spine Corrector. Now I have an Allegro 2 reformer/tower and try to do as much as I can fit in. <BR> <BR> What about you? Sun, 15 Apr 2018 09:19:29 EST Just trying to get started with Pilates mat I belong to Gaiam &amp; there's some great Pilates abs classes on there. I just need to get motivated to do it. Right now I do 2 or 3 hours of cardio a day with Just Dance Fri, 2 Mar 2018 19:51:34 EST Need Advise for Getting Back into Pilates Hi Team! <BR> I did Pilates regularly (2-3x a week on the Reformer) up until 3 years ago. I loved it! <BR> And then life..... Not exercised at all. Gained 30lbs. On medication for high blood sugar. :( <BR> Any advise for getting back in? Just jump right back into it? Do mat classes and then Reformer? Can't really afford privates right now. <BR> -Carolyn Sun, 4 Sep 2016 15:05:39 EST Perfecting the single leg stretch Starting with the Pilates Series of Five <BR> <BR> 1. Single leg stretch <BR> <BR> Following are links for a video to watch a demonstration for the single leg stretch and also an article to read for a detailed explanation of the movement and also includes modifications on the move. <BR> <BR> If the link will not open for you, just copy the link and paste into your browser. <BR> <BR> Article: <BR><BR>tch-2704709 <BR> <BR> Video: <BR> https://yo... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:03:21 EST Difference between CrissCross & Single Leg Stretch I take a mat class and asked the instructor this question. She's pretty good at conducting the class, but is less attentive to the subtleties of questions. <BR> <BR> In the series of five, I feel as though the only difference between the Criss-Cross and the Single Leg Stretch is the rotation. <BR> <BR> It feels that way because we do both exercises at the same speed. Was wondering what the diff, if any, should be. Thu, 26 May 2016 07:18:26 EST Pilates Circle of Friends This is for anything you want to talk about with our community of friends: Your day, your latest practice, successes, questions, etc. Everyone is welcome! :) Sat, 14 May 2016 15:18:55 EST The Benefits of Pilates <link><BR>res/the-benefits-of-pilates </link> <BR> <BR> Just what can Pilates exercises do for you? Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:32:53 EST Pilates in the news A woman loses almost 70 lbs with Pilates! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>784719/From-agoraphobic-comfort-eater-<BR>fitness-instructor-Woman-sheds-nearly-<BR>FIVE-STONE-discovering-stress-busting-<BR>powers-yoga-pilates.html </link> Wed, 8 Oct 2014 20:43:30 EST Hello Good Saturday to all. I joined this group because when I can get to the gym, I enjoy pilates. I have been using the videos on spark people lately too. I appreciate a way to still do a work out, even if work keeps me from class... <BR> <em>521</em> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:27:30 EST Near Gaithersburg MD? Magic Circles + DVD $13 Was in the Humane Society Thrift Store yesterday. They had a small stash of brand new, still in taped package Magic Circles plus workout DVD for $12.99. <BR> <BR> Stamina Brand, looks exactly like this one <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-magic-circle-with-workout-dvd/-/A-108<BR>21322?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=google<BR>_pla_df&LNM=10821322&CPNG=Sports&kpid=<BR>10821322&LID=14pgs&ci_src=17588969&ci_<BR>sku=10821322&gclid=Cj0KEQjw3IieBRDl1oG<BR>0gr_PweoBEiQAwGHVw1Q... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:51:28 EST Newbie and a Beginner to Pilates! I've always loved the idea of Pilates. Its one of those workouts that promotes strength and elegance, which is amazing. I bought a DVD that included a resistance band, and WOW. I am amazed at just how much I am feeling it, and I can see this becoming a huge part of my fitness program. <BR> <BR> My name is Amanda. I am 27, and from Kentucky. Looking forward to meeting everyone! Fri, 30 May 2014 19:41:07 EST Using Pilateso - Online classes Does anyone else subscribe to pilates classes online? <BR> <BR> I'm trying their 10-day free trial. It has all kinds of Pilates classes, and MARI WINSOR is one of the instructors. I want to use this to supplement and reinforce my practice at home. Tue, 27 May 2014 00:03:02 EST Moving to a city with no obvious pilates studios I'm moving to a new city and google / yelp shows me the nearest studio is the next city. I noticed from a publication put out by the new city's recreation department that there are pilates classes in community centers -- mat classes only. <BR> <BR> I guess I may have to actually call fitness centers and sports clubs. <BR> <BR> Any other ideas? Sat, 17 May 2014 07:41:45 EST Pilates By Karen Videos I have had a request to start a thread for my videos. These are not fancy. I just started filming the classes I teach and posting them on youtube so that my students could still do class even when I have to cancel or they can't come. The videos all run approximately 40-55 minutes. <BR> <BR> Here's the first one to get you started: <BR> Sun, 11 May 2014 17:17:55 EST Still adore Supreme Pilates! How about you? Hi, everyone. I'm MsBootcamp. I've been part of SP quite awhile. <BR> <BR> My fave Pilates are using my (Ellen Croft) Supreme Pilates apparatus/frame, using more traditional Pilates apparatus, and mat Pilates. I also enjoy yoga, strength training, etc., but the workout I do most consistently is on my mini-trampoline, basically daily. <BR> <BR> So, I'm really curious to see if there are other folks here who are Supreme Pilates fans. <BR> <BR> Spring is here, and summer and fall are on t... Sat, 3 May 2014 17:13:26 EST Cannot believe the difference privates make As part of my recuperation from tendon surgery, I have treated myself to private pilates lessons. These are so addictive, even more so than the classes. No hiding the small cheating moves. I even discovered that my aching hip (diagnosed as probable arthritis) was actually a small muscle complaining when I move from neutral spine to flat spine during foot work. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:52:42 EST Tendon surgery sidelined my pilates Had a tendon rebuilt in my leg-arch and had to remain leg up in cast/boot for 12 weeks. <BR> When I was allowed to begin PT at week 14, I decided to bite the cost bullet and signed up for private pilates classes with an instructor comfortable working with restrictions. <BR> <BR> That was 12 weeks ago (first private class) and it continues to be a surprise how much the surgery and the non-activity did to my body. Last week, for the first time, we attempted something that has always been a ... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:15:40 EST Have you seen a change? I just started Pilates this morning and I was wondering how long everyone has been doing Pilates? <BR> <BR> Also, have you noticed a change in your body? How long til you saw a change? Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:53:23 EST Pilates Routine for November 17, 2013 Cat Stretch <BR> <BR> Kneel on all fours, knees under hips and hands under shoulders. Spread the fingers out on the floor with palms flat and contract the abs to bring the head, neck and back in alignment. Inhale and tip the hips towards the ceiling while drawing the shoulders back and down away from your ears; look up. Exhale and tuck the chin while pulling your belly towards your spine. Round the back and feel a stretch down your spine. Repeat for 4 to 6 breaths, moving smoothly betw... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 13:17:38 EST Pilates Routine for November 13, 2013 Introduction to Constructive Rest <BR> <BR> • Lie on your back. <BR> <BR> • Bend your knees and put your feet flat on the floor. <BR> You want your legs and feet to be parallel to each other and hip distance apart. That means your knees will line up with the area just inside your hipbones and your middle toes will be in line with your knees. If your knees fall inward, you can place a small separator, like the ball seen above, between your knees. <BR> <BR> <BR> • Adjust the distance of yo... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 04:17:49 EST Pilate Routine for November 13, 2013 <BR> Starting Position <BR> Lie on your back with a foam roller near your feet. Place your feet (ankles and/or heels) onto the foam roller, knees bent, legs hip-width apart, arms at your sides, and abs engaged. Lift your right foot off of the roller and extend it straight up in line with your hip. Keep your abs engaged and your right leg extended as you push your hips straight up toward the ceiling, lifting your glutes and lower back off the floor. <BR> <BR> Action <BR> INHALE: Hold your h... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 08:11:45 EST Pilate Routine for November 12, 2013 <BR> <em>135</em> Introduction to Constructive Rest <BR> <BR> <BR> Lie on your back. <BR> <BR> • Bend your knees and put your feet flat on the floor. <BR> You want your legs and feet to be parallel to each other and hip distance apart. That means your knees will line up with the area just inside your hipbones and your middle toes will be in line with your knees. If your knees fall inward, you can place a small separator, like the ball seen above, between your knees. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 18:45:56 EST November 11, 2013 1-minute meditation <link> </link> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:28:06 EST Pilate Routine for November 10, 2013 <em>135</em> <link> </link> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:21:03 EST Pilate Routine for November 10, 2013 3 minutes <em>135</em> <BR> <BR><BR>fr=ytff1-yff23&p=pilates%20workout%203<BR>%20minutes&type= Sun, 10 Nov 2013 19:19:05 EST Help: Have you been discouraged as a beginner? So I used to practice pilates a lot, but its been 2 years now. I did a beginner workout, and my legs were so tired I could barely do the moves beyond a few reps. I felt so angry, disappointed, and discouraged. I felt like never doing pilates again, because it hurt so much doing the moves and I felt so out of shape and couldn't keep up AT ALL with my beginner pilates video. Have you ever experienced that? My legs were aching so bad i had to rest them, while the dvd person was still talking doi... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 21:07:59 EST Pilates only (cardio free), is that ok? I like pilates, but i dislike cardio. I need to tone up, is doing only pilates alright? Plus i work full time, can i split my pilates routine into two sessions of 10 minutes each? (1 in morning, and 1 at night). Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:26:18 EST Two free weeks of Pilates classes on the internet. This is the description of Pilates Anytime according to one website: <BR> "Pilates Anytime is an online Pilates studio, delivering world-class instruction anywhere, anytime, and at an affordable price. Many people are unable to attend Pilates classes due to the lack of easy access to studios, schedule conflicts, and cost. Pilates Anytime was born out of our desire to offer the highest quality Pilates classes to everyone." <BR> <BR> Pilates Anytime offers a two week free trial that is easily ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 07:30:22 EST What Do You Use To Meditate? I have DVD's and some tracks on my Ipod that work wonderfully! What do you use to guide you through your meditation. <BR> Sat, 5 Oct 2013 13:34:34 EST New Competition Consider this: SP has two new monthly competitions: Fit Food and Countdown to Skinny Jeans. <BR> <BR> Let's create our own competition. It works this way, everyday you indicate that you have participated in one or both competitions. Ex, <BR> <BR> Bettie Fit Food <BR> October 1 B,L,D <BR> October 2 B <BR> October 3 L, D <BR> October 4 B,L,D <BR> October 4 B,D <BR> October 5 B,L <BR> <BR> Week 1 meals eaten = 13 <BR> Weeks 2-4 (same) <BR> following week on same screen <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:28:55 EST October 2013 Competition During the month of October, let's see who logs in more pilates time. There will be two categories: beginning/intermediate and advanced. The winners will be awarded a trophy for their participation. <BR> <BR> Question: Let me know. <BR> <BR> We will each log our days and time on one screen, such as: <BR> Bettie (intermediate) <BR> 10/01 35 min <BR> 10/02 20 min <BR> 10/03 40 min <BR> 10/04 35 min <BR> 10/05 50 min <BR> <BR> Total for 1st week <BR> <BR> 10/06 <BR> 10/07 <BR> 10/0... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 08:11:25 EST Here is a free Pilates lesson! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Here is a free Pilates lesson. I hope that you all enjoy it, Tue, 6 Aug 2013 22:14:58 EST Daily Trivia 7/29/2013 Which former planet was demoted to a dwarf planet? <BR> <BR> Neptune <BR> Uranus <BR> Venus <BR> Pluto Mon, 29 Jul 2013 09:14:34 EST Daily Trivia 7/28/2013 What is the name of Geo. Washington's estate? <BR> <BR> Monticello <BR> Mount Vernon <BR> Camp David <BR> Hermitage <BR> <BR> <em>12</em> <BR> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 16:41:41 EST hi! I joined a while ago but hadn't introduced myself yet. I've gotten into doing Blogilates on youtube and like it a lot. It really helps out my core! Thu, 25 Jul 2013 08:43:15 EST Juicing The mail on juicing was good, thank you. <BR> On my counter is a Humron juicer. My favorite juice is 2 leaves of kale, one lemon, slice of fresh ginger, one small cucumber, two apples. <BR> <BR> Whole Foods calls it Green Lemonade. Very delicious and full of goodness. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:09:35 EST Did You Know...? Pilates is an effective, yet gentle and enjoyable system of exercise. This makes it perfect for the non-athlete; the Pilates method is particularly suited for people who feel too inactive, too overweight, too uncoordinated, or too out-of-shape to begin a normal fitness routine. Oddly enough, the physical therapy type applications of Pilates are rarely emphasized, and Pilates is generally only viewed as suitable for extremely athletic people like ballet dancers. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 19:21:48 EST 5k if it kills me. I'm training for a 5k in July. I played softball all of my life and volleyball for a few years, but towards the end of high school I stopped playing sports and put on some weight. I've now lost almost all of the weight, and feel great. In April I decided with a group of friends to run a 5k. We are all about at the same fitness level so we thought it would be fun to do together. I never really ran long distances before, so it's been a struggle. In April I couldn't even run a mile without stop... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 13:45:05 EST Pilates Reformer DVD Does anyone know of a good Pilates reformer DVD? I need one that teaches beginning or immediate pilates. Thank you! Mon, 10 Jun 2013 00:03:20 EST Exercise in Bed 6/9/2013--Hip Opener Great, but very common exercise <BR> <BR> Hip Opening Exercise <BR> From Joseph Pilates U.S. patent for bed design, 1930 <BR> Bring the soles of your feet together as close to your torso as you can, and let your knees open up. Rest there and breathe deeply. <BR> Sun, 9 Jun 2013 19:42:17 EST Staying Motivated Ditching unhealthy habits and starting a healthy lifestyle is one thing, but staying motivated during your journey is a challenge. Sometimes it’s so challenging, you might feel like throwing in the hat before reaching your goals. So to keep you going even when your momentum is low, here are some helpful tips: <BR> <BR> 1. Track Your Progress: Whether you want to photograph your journey or track your milestones here on our site, being able to see the progress you’re making is a great wa... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 09:30:53 EST Exercise in Bed 06/07/201 3--Pelvic Curl Pelvic Curl <BR> This exercise if often used in Pilates classes as a gentle warm-up for the spine and abdominal muscles. It also works the lower body and helps coordinate breath and movement. <BR> Difficulty: Easy <BR> Time Required: 5 minutes <BR> Here's How: <BR> 1. Set Up <BR> Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Make sure that your feet, ankles, and knees are aligned and hip-distance apart. <BR> <BR> This exercise starts in neutral spine. In neutral sp... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 00:23:07 EST Hello from Orange County, CA Greetings! <BR> <BR> My name is Michelle and I am 45-years-old. I have been a Spark member since 2009 but only started actively using the tools on SP this year. Lo and behold, now that I am actively Sparking, I have lost 19 lbs! <BR> <BR> I did do some Pilates 2 or 3 years ago and noticed significant results almost right away. Unfortunately, I soon got distracted by other things in life at the time and went back to gaining weight and being flabby. <BR> <BR> What makes this time different ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 15:31:02 EST Knee Injury This happens from time to time with me - so I am a bit used to it. Somehow I stained my knee and it was only a matter of time before it got worse. its not horrible - but I need to do some of the pt exercises I have done before - rest - and ice. <BR> <BR> Was wondering - is there anything you can do in Pilates to strengthen your knees? <BR> <BR> Sumay Sun, 2 Jun 2013 12:30:25 EST Anyone try any of the Stott Pilates series? Has anyone tried any of the Stott Pilates matwork DVDs? If so, what's your general opinion on them? Do they assume the viewer has a lot of flexibility? Are they too slow paced? Just asking because I see that you can buy some reasonably priced 3 pack DVD sets and was thinking about trying them out. More specifically, I'm looking at the Express, Power Paced or Intense Body Blast (looks like a HIIT version of pilates) DVD series. The Intense Body Blast looks like you'll get more of a workout fro... Thu, 30 May 2013 16:25:27 EST Did You Meditate Today?--For How Long Hope everyone is in the habit of meditating to renew physical and emotional selves. <BR> <BR> Bettie Mon, 27 May 2013 04:47:57 EST Exercising in Bed 5/27/13--One Leg Circle 1. Preparation <BR> Lie on your back with legs extended on the floor, arms by your sides. Take a moment to feel the weight of your body on the floor. <BR> Try to balance the weight of the shoulders and the hips on each side. <BR> You may want to do some sequential breathing to help drop the breath into the body and encourage the weight of the ribs to rest on the floor. <BR> 2. Engage Your Abdominals <BR> Pull your abdominals in, anchoring the pelvis and shoulders. Extend one leg toward the ... Mon, 27 May 2013 04:46:23 EST Have You Stretched Today? Stretching is very important to avoid injuries and to maximize your practices. Sun, 26 May 2013 07:34:09 EST Exercising in Bed 5/26/13--In hale/Exhale 2. Inhale: Reach Long <BR> <BR> Inhale: Your shoulders stay away from your ears, and your abs stay pulled in, as you simultaneously reach your arms and legs in opposite directions. Extend as far as possible while keeping your abs pulled in and the lower back on the mat. <BR> <BR> Your upper body stays lifted as you reach -- do not let the extension of the arms drop the level of the chest. <BR> <BR> You might need to adjust the height of your arms and legs as you reach. The lower they ... Sun, 26 May 2013 07:32:59 EST Pilates Stretches on A Ball Lunge Stretch <BR> Place ball under you and get into a lunge position, one leg forward (bent to 90 degrees), back leg straight out and balancing on toe. You should be resting on the ball. Bring hands out in front of you or overhead and feel the stretch through the hips. Hold for 3-5 breaths and repeat on other leg. <BR> <BR> <BR> Warrior II on Ball <BR> While in Lunge Stretch, turn the body to the left (if your right leg is forward), turning the toes towards the front of the room and re... Sun, 26 May 2013 07:22:50 EST Exercising in Bed 5/10/2013 --Pilates Tendon Stret I just love warming up before I get out of bed. <BR> <BR> Pilates Tendon Stretch Exercise Adapted for Bed <BR> <BR> Bring your heels together and push your heels away as you stretch your toes toward your head for three seconds. Then point the toes away from you. <BR> Repeat nine more times. <BR> <BR> Pilates Double Leg Stretch Exercise Adapted for Bed <BR> <BR> Bring both knees into your chest and hold onto your ankles, stretching your lower back. Hold the position for ten long, deep bre... Fri, 10 May 2013 13:48:41 EST Pilates When Under the Weather? Right now everyone in the house is sick - all 4 kids (and me) - that is. I'm not dying - hopefully won't get that bad. I have a sore throat and drainage - runny nose. <BR> <BR> I'm dying that I can't get out there and exercise. I know we need to rest - and I am intending to spend some time on the couch today. However, I was wondering: <BR> <BR> I was thinking that doing a Pilates routine on the Reformer would not be that difficult even when sick. I know, I 'm desperate. To think about... Thu, 9 May 2013 13:24:37 EST Exercising in Bed 5/9/2013 -Lateral Breathing Pilates Lateral Breathing <BR> <BR> Pilates exercises require breathing very fully, taking advantage of every breath cycle to draw in lots of fresh air and get rid of every bit of stale air. We want to oxygenate our blood, get our circulation going, and get the rejuvenating qualities that a deep breath delivers. As one of the six Pilates principles, the breath is a foundation of Pilates movement. We frequently coordinate our exercises with inhale and exhale patterns, and use the breath to in... Thu, 9 May 2013 03:20:46 EST Exercising in Bed 5/8/2013 Start your Pilates exercise practice before you get out of bed with diaphragmatic breathing. <BR> <BR> Pilates exercises have a long history of being practiced in bed. In fact, many people see the genesis of Joseph Pilates' exercises and equipment in the work he did helping to rehabilitate fellow detainees on the Isle of Man in WWI and injured soldiers after the war, much of which we know occurred in and around bed. Throughout his life Joseph Pilates remained concerned with the lifestyle and... Wed, 8 May 2013 14:48:04 EST Newbie from the UK I joined SparkPeople last November but dropped out after December. I had some health problems in January, had to spend a little time recovering and readjusting - but now I'm more fully on board living a healthful lifestyle than ever before. Which is kind of exciting. <BR> <BR> In the last month I've started doing Pilates regularly and it is working wonders for me. I'm more balanced, grounded and I feel stronger already. I'm doing Body Control Pilates DVDs by a lady called Lynne Robinson - ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 08:47:26 EST What Pilates Animal Are You? I would like to become a butterfly. I am not sure what Pilates animal I am. <BR> <BR> Bettie Wed, 17 Apr 2013 04:50:36 EST Recommend any videos? I am so happy right now - I'm actually ecstatic. This weekend I was browsing through Craigslist and found the reformer that I really wanted - one with a rebounder - to my shock, it was incredibly cheap. I bought my original rebounder off there and it was in excellent condition - but it was one of the older models that you couldn't use a rebounder with. I thought - what the heck - I'll just forward the post to dh and see. Well, he has been impressed with how dedicated I have been to my mac... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 12:51:21 EST Important - How to Know what to do next? Okay - I have been working on my reformer 3 times a week (at least) for 30 minutes to an hour each time. I love the way it feels. Now, excuse my ignorance, but I have a few questions . . . <BR> <BR> I used to do weight machines at the gym - I usually knew what to do next - either up the repetitions or up the weights - I based it on how challenged I was feeling. <BR> <BR> The first few times I started using the reformer - I felt sore the next day or so. It was great - not the bad kind! A... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 13:26:18 EST What do you do? Aside from Pilates what do you do - or do you find that it is enough? <BR> <BR> I am amazed at how different my body is feeling after doing the Pilates at least 3 times a week (if not more) for 3 weeks now. The scale may not have budged a huge amount - but I am noticing. <BR> <BR> So far I have been using my Pilates Reformer. Last summer I also found a Malibu Chair as well. I used it a bit - and loved it - boy, you really feel it. However, over time I had a hard time finding it a home. ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:12:20 EST Barre and Floor Barre Workou What are your opinions of these? <BR> <BR> I have liked the floor barre workouts in the past, and they have seemed to me a lot like classical mat pilates Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:11:34 EST New to this team! Hey everyone! Starting over today with new weight loss & fitness goals. I used to teach a women's fitness class that included mat Pilates. Totally fell in love with it! I have a sacroiliac joint problem that causes pain in my lower back & right hip. It's kept me from being able to do any of the exercise I have been used to. Visited a Pilates studio yesterday & I have my first appointment Saturday. I am totally pumped to get started! Looking forward to getting to know you! Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:00:49 EST New to Pilates I'm new to pilates. I ordered Mari Winsors Beginner Pilates and even though some of the exercises are a bit difficult to do, I still love it! Since I'm a beginner are there any tips? <em>41</em> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:30:04 EST Pilates breathing How are you supposed to breathe during pilates exercises? I think you are supposed to breathe in a way that doesn't expand your abdomen since you're supposed to keep it all held in during exercises. They way books I've read explain it is your supposed to feel your rib cage expand but I find that hard to do and to not also feel my stomach moving out along with it. Are you supposed to simply breathe up (with chest moving more up) rather than breathing out or diaphramatically? Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:58:05 EST Pilates Links to Doing Pilates Correctly Postures in Pilates <BR> <BR> <link><BR>osture-in-Pilates.htm </link> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:10:43 EST What would you do on your day off? Given one whole day, completely off from everything. What would you do? What does your dream day off look like? Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:10:45 EST Pilates Videos <em>135</em> Modified Pilates Hundred <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Modified-Pilates-Hundred.htm </link> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 23:48:41 EST New to Pilates, tell us something about yourself. Introduce yourself and let us know you are a new member of Pilates Lovers. <BR> <BR> Bettie Sun, 20 Jan 2013 01:08:26 EST Logging Pilates exercises Hi! I just wonder how to log/track Pilates exercises into the team challenge when you do more than 1 video per day? And was there a quick track where we could log/track Pilates minutes per week? Can't seem to find it anymore (or maybe I'm just dreaming. ..?) <BR> A great thank you for this challenge from Norway! :) Fri, 18 Jan 2013 08:25:24 EST Tracking Question Okay, so I got my dvd yesterday and just finished it! It was: "Crunch: Fat Burning Pilates with Ellen Barret." <BR> <BR> I guess my question is, how do I track this on my fitness track? I know some of it is cardio based and some was the pilates work. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help!! Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:56:20 EST New Team Member! Hey everyone! My name is Celeste. I am 27 years old. It's been years since I have done pilates but I loved it! Two days ago, I placed an order for the home workout video "Crunch: Fat Burning Pilates with Ellen Barret." I should be getting it here soon and I am really excited about it! <BR> <BR> Has anyone used any of her dvds? Any feedback? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Jan 2013 01:49:01 EST DID YOU WARM-UP AND COOL-DOWN TODAY? It is very important to warm-up before exercising so that you are not exercising cold muscles. In addition, it is extremely important that you stretch after exercising so that your muscles will cool down from the exercises. Exercising without a warm-up before and stretch after exercising often lead to cramps. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 00:04:08 EST ~~Week 1--Advanced Pilates Practice This practice is for those who have exceeded the beginner's level and are ready for more advanced practice. You can use your own practice or you can choose one from: Advanced Pilates Exercises : The Open Leg Rocker Pilates Exercise (1 m 18 s) <link>Advanced Pilates Exercises : The Open Leg Rocker Pilates Exercise </link> <BR> <BR> Pilates Workout Routine For Toning Butt 'n Thighs (6 m 06 s) <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> When logging in please in... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 01:43:17 EST Newbie :) I have just rejoined SP and I'm looking forward to joining some new teams...I was told about this one because I really enjoy the online cardio videos that SP posts. I have never done pilots so we will see how it goes :) Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:21:39 EST ~~Week 1--Pilates Practice Because we are all at different stages of our Pilates Practice, I will make a weekly recommendation of Pilates workout that can be done at home. I will start with beginner's workout until I hear from you all that you need more challenges. Please indicate here that you have completed the workout. <BR> <BR> I look forward to hearing from you on what you would like to see in the Pilates Lovers team. <BR> <BR> <em>135</em> <link> </link> <BR> (13 minu... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 10:20:56 EST Are you staying accountable through the holiday? I find that it is important to stay on track and accountable through out the holidays. It helps me reach my goals even just by remembering to get 10 minutes of exercising in every day. I find it simple with Coach Nicole's videos and these tips <link><BR>20/use-these-11-tips-to-stop-freaking-<BR>out-about-holiday-weight-gain </link> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 12:47:28 EST What is a Reformer <link><BR>etc/a/Pilates-Reformer-Benefits.htm </link> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:10:31 EST Traveling Pilates With the U.S. having Thanksgiving this week and other holidays coming up many of us are beginning to travel. Do you do pilates when you travel? If so, share ideas on how you get your pilates done when you are not at home. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:04:55 EST How many pilates minutes did you do today? I did 11 beginner's pilates workout Mon, 12 Nov 2012 15:08:28 EST How often do you do Pilates? I've heard you should do it 2-3 times a week, but I know that some people do it everyday. How often do you do Pilates? Fri, 2 Nov 2012 21:31:45 EST Pilates Lovers (New Member). My name is Melanie Louise Jackson aka (Grease31), <BR> <BR> I have joined this particular group, as the title suggests Pilates Lovers, i have always wanted to learn to do this, i have found lots of information, about this by watching the Sparkpeople videos. <BR> <BR> If anyone has any advice, hints, information, tips, that they cud give me, i wud be eternally gratefull, as god knows i need all the bloody well help!!!!, that i can get when ever i join all these different sparkteams lol. <BR... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 11:45:00 EST What is your goal? What is your pilates goal or challenge? Is there a move you are struggling with? Are you trying to work it into your daily routine? Are you trying to improve your posture? Let us know here. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 16:48:29 EST Weekend Challenge <em>465</em> tomorrow is the first day of Autumn. It is a season change and I like to use the season changes to reflect on my goals and readjust them for the new season. Sometimes I can take my exercises outside more, sometimes I may need to change my routine so it is all inside. Use this weekend to reflect on your goals and readjust them for the new season. <BR> <BR> Share on this thread how you are changing your goals. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 13:48:36 EST How do you pick yourself back up? We all have days (sometimes even weeks) where we just do not "feel like it" or have fallen off the wagon. What do you do to get yourself back on track with your weight loss goals? Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:46:31 EST Exercising with injuries What are questions and tips you have about exercising with injuries. Come here to share. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 19:06:53 EST Pilates challenge I would love everyone to join in.... <BR> Come by this thread daily or weekly to update on your accomplishment so far. <BR> <BR> Complete a pilates routine 11 of the next 14 days. The routine can be anywhere from 15 mins to 60 mins. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:41:43 EST Just had my first Pilates class!! Hey, Pilates Lovers :-)! I just came back from my first Pilates class :-). I'm doing Pilates Reformer. I plan to start out with two times a week. I also want to add a Yoga class per week. It's a 2km walk from my house to the classes, so I walk to and from all classes :-), and get some nice fresh air! <BR> Has anyone done Pilates Reformer and gotten positive results? <BR> <BR> THanks! <BR> L Tue, 28 Aug 2012 13:30:26 EST How do you include pilates in your routine? There are many ways to include pilates; you can have a session every day, three days a week, include it into your other workout routines. How do you include pilates into your routine? Sun, 12 Aug 2012 13:34:23 EST Reformer countdown... Hi Everyone, <BR> I am relatively new to SP and brand new to Pilates Lovers. I just ordered a reformer and can't wait to receive it! I've been thinking about getting one for a very long time, but have questioned why I should spend the money when it's stuff I should be able to do on a mat. I've finally realized that I can do so much more on the reformer - my wrists have a really hard time (and sometimes are unable to) support my weight right now and my flexibility needs help; the reform... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 12:58:21 EST Rejoining team ... Returned to spark with new account as I had computer problems with the previous one. I was on this team before (actually a couple of times lol, am kind of a mobile person) and had been looking for it again. <BR> <BR> I have been doing pilates for years on again and off again. Trying to get better at getting at least two mat sessions a week as it helps a lot of things that are wrong with my body. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to say hello. Sun, 29 Jul 2012 13:40:00 EST Hi! I joined the team a while ago, but never did an introduction, so better late than never, I guess! <BR> <BR> I've practiced Pilates for well over a decade now and have always loved it. I credit Pilates with actually changing the shape of my body. I became so excited about it that I became a certified fitness instructor just so I could teach it; it's been a few years since I've done that. It was a good experience but teaching is a lot of pressure. I have a collection of DVDs so I can workout a... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 18:39:13 EST Expensive to Affordable Pilates can become too expensive for many; what are some ways to make pilates more affordable? Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:11:10 EST Daily Chat Use this thread to have daily dialogue... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:37:51 EST General Discussion (Start Here) <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> DO NOT REPLY <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> INFORMATION ONLY <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> This forum is for daily discussions and questions that anyone may have. <BR> Come here ( <link><BR>eam_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21<BR>70x49062300 </link> )to... <BR> comment on anything <BR> vent <BR> ask questions <BR> say hi <BR> chat... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:37:08 EST WELCOME!!! Start Here <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> DO NOT REPLY <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> INFORMATION ONLY <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Pilates Lovers team! I want to encourage you all to post on the team page and introduce yourself. I would also like to help you out with getting to know SparkPeople; here are some pages that really help me out <BR> <BR> SparkPeople User Guide: <link> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:12:57 EST Try a New Pilates Position Let's change up our pilates routine this week. Try 3 new pilates positions this next week. You can include them in all your workouts or include one new position three of the days. The idea is to change things up so your body can be pushed to a new level without becoming to accustomed to any given routine. <BR> <BR> This can be a position you have not done for some time, or one that you have never done before. <BR> <BR> Post here which positions you added. <em>381</em> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:51:03 EST Pilates Every Day? Hi Everyone. I've been doing pilates on-and-off for about three years. I've been "off" for the past 6 months due to my school schedule conflicting with the pilates classes at my gym (and my own general laziness). I've started doing short pilates videos from Sparkpeople again to get myself back into it. I was wondering if I need to take rest days or if I can do 10-30 minutes of pilates every day to kickstart my routine? Thanks! Sun, 8 Jul 2012 03:22:03 EST New to the team! Hi! I only just found this team, and I really need to get back into the pilates! I was doing very basic, clinical pilates for about 6 months after an accident. A year and a half later, I'm in pain again, and need to fix it! My posture has gotten shocking, and I've really tightened up again. I need to fix myself, and any advice you have to give me would be very welcome! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <em>213</em> Wed, 4 Jul 2012 23:53:14 EST Another newbie here! Hi all, I'm from Scotland and love Pilates - I only do this at home as I'm too shy to go to a class, but do a mixture of Darcy Bussell and Suzanne Bowen (who I love!). Sun, 10 Jun 2012 15:00:08 EST How to Fit Exercise into Your Schedule Here is an article about how you can fit exercise into your busy schedule <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1757 </link> <BR> <BR> Which tips do you use? <BR> Which tips would you add? Thu, 31 May 2012 10:46:19 EST Motivational Phrases What is your favorite motivational phrase? Mon, 14 May 2012 21:10:54 EST What is the difference between.....?? Doing Pilates on the floor vs using a machine? <BR> I have never done pilates ( have always wanted to) and I was just given <BR> a AeroPilates machine, I have been looking at the videos and find this very interesting <BR> <BR> so my questions is what is the difference between doing it on the machine or on the floor and if so what is the better work out. <BR> <BR> Thanks you <em>416</em> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 20:18:26 EST How do I count Pilates sessions? I am doing yoga (restorative and thereaeutic) and Pilates for my exercise regimen. How do I count the time/exercise for my exercise requirement on these pages? I've no desire to join a gym, as I'm already a member of a yoga/Pilates studio and have pelvic and shoulder issues that are ongoing due to a severe fall from a horse a couple of years ago. <BR> <BR> Any insight or suggestions? Thanks! <BR> <BR> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 19:35:58 EST Reformer exercise for a bad back I recently had an mri which showed a herniated disc. I had been taking pilates classes once a week and have my own reformer at home. I am starting physical therapy Tuesday. My rheumatologist didn't want me exercising but I cant seem to stay away from the reformer at least for the basic stretching exercises we do at the beginning of each class. I also like the knee stretch as it seems to feel good for my sore back. Before that I was having trouble with any exercises lying on my side. Any... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 20:33:16 EST For those who want to try Pilates... You can also go to and type in beginner pilates videos and find many out there to try. Also check out, they have hundreds of videos for all levels and you can view them before you buy them! Sun, 25 Mar 2012 12:27:48 EST Has Pilates Changed Your Physical Appearance?? I have always had a fascination with Pilates because I think it is a very elegant and graceful means of exercise as well as a way to tone the body without a lot of serious impact. My main focus is to tone my lower body, legs, hips, thighs and buttocks. I have a slight problem with one knee that makes lunges a bit uncomfortable. Most lower body toning videos incorporate lunges to tone the legs. I can handle squats but lunges are sometimes painful. I have purchased several Pilates videos and I ... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 12:09:37 EST Pushups Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am so curious to know how people are doing with the amazing pushup exercise! <BR> <BR> I used to be able to do 8 slow pushups- all the way down and all the way up, the I coul;d barely do 4 after I was ill, now I am back up to 8... trying to get way passed the 8... <BR> <BR> So? How about you? Mon, 19 Mar 2012 06:44:23 EST Hi Hi! I'm new to this group on sp! I love pilates after taking a class... At first, the difficulty of it made me hate it, but now I really love it and enjoy incorporating it into my daily workout! Sun, 18 Mar 2012 15:40:46 EST Motivational Phrase What is your favorite go to phrase when you need that extra motivation? Mine is: Think how sexy you will look Sat, 3 Mar 2012 12:33:03 EST Hello, I want to learn more. I have been doing pilates for a few months now and feel tight and in shape. I think I need to add or change my program a little as I am moving to the next level. It is a big leap of faith as anything new it. I am loving pilates and want to getting to be a pro. Without over doing it. I have some things to detox and it is helpful also with self-esteem. With a divorce over with and my life to reclaim this is doing the job. <em>211</em> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 11:28:21 EST Awesome tip for doing rollups I have been doing Pilates for over a month now, still not a long time. I haven't been able to do an unassisted rollup at all. I thought that I would need a lot of patience until I get strong enough to do them, but I just learned a trick yesterday that might help you, too. <BR> <BR> I found out it is because my lower back is so tight and isn't allowing my abs to do the rollup properly. You use a small rolled up towel under your back just under the top of your hip bones. Not so big that it... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 22:13:36 EST Anyone up for a challenge? I see that all of these challenges were all at the beginning of 2011 and this forum seems to be at least a bit more active than other pilates ones. I'm fairly new to pilates, but I know that it helps my running when I do them consistently. <BR> <BR> I have the Winsor Pilates DVD's that are 20 minutes, so I can usually find time to do at least one of them. Let's say 4-5 times a week. Anyone else interested? <BR> Sat, 18 Feb 2012 09:39:25 EST tips for the "side leg lifts"? hello! just joined the group. I do Pilates for ~30 minutes every day and love it! recently started Ana Caban's intermediate mat workout, after doing the beginning DVD for about a month. One of the new moves is these side leg lifts, here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s/ss/KickSeries_4.htm </link> <BR> <BR> which, I've found, is near impossible for me to do as of now! I'm trying to do it just as instructed but I can't seem to balance on my hips like that...I won... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 18:27:55 EST DVD Favorites I am sure this has been asked but what is everyones favorite Pilates DVDs? I LOVE the Crunch Super Slimdown (on Netflix!) but I have been doing it for a while and would like some more variety. I was not a fan of the Crunch Cardio Pilaties Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:22:05 EST How do you remember? My instructor told me I have to constantly remember to keep my powerhouse contracted and my pelvis aligned. Problem is that I keep finding my belly relaxed and my posture isn't straight. <BR> <BR> Can you give me any tips on how to remember do that? Sat, 21 Jan 2012 10:43:30 EST My favorite exercise is..... Share your favorite pilates exercise here. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 09:59:06 EST t-tapp vs pilates has anyone done both? does one like one more than the other. just curiousity. I have done t-tapp on and off for several years. its sort of funny how many times i've accidentally injured myself during t-tapp. <BR> <BR> does anybody prefer pilates? I HAVE noticed that pilates feels much better for my back and i feel it a LOT in my stomach, lol. <BR> <BR> although, i'm gonna have to work on my neck. <BR> <BR> and after coming back to pilates its amazing how many elements i see come from pila... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 23:21:54 EST back to pilates hi, <BR> <BR> im brenna, married with 3 kidz. i have pcos. i have gained tons of weight but i am back to pilats. i actually learned pilates when i was 16 and loved it. adn right now its the best thing for my back. i have also done t-tapp and callanetics but I love the way pilates loves my back. <BR> <BR> thanx. Thu, 29 Dec 2011 23:13:32 EST Hello Pilates Lovers I just joined SparkPeople three days ago. What a great find! I practice Pilates mat class at the gym Mon&Fri and love it. I always feel taller when I have completed the 45min class. I joined your challenge to do 3-twenty min sessions a week. I need that third session and am hoping this will get me on the floor at home. <BR> <BR> I look forward to the next year with my new SparkPeople friends. <BR> Thu, 8 Dec 2011 13:54:28 EST Pilates reformer Dvd suggestions wanted. I have reformer classes once a week but love following Dvds at home. Any suggestions for intermediate level reformer dvd's and also ones including jumpboard or cardiotramp? Also, where is the most economical place to find them. Thank you, Georgia Abert <em>304</em> Wed, 7 Dec 2011 12:37:05 EST 10 Minute Solutions: Pilates Perfect Body DVD Hi all--I recently bought thee 10-Minute Solutions: Pilates Perfect Body DVD and had to share my enthusiasm about it with people who I know would be interested! It's the best workout I've ever done, period. I'm an experienced exerciser but am new to Pilates, and found that some Pilates DVDs were a little too easy for my fitness level. Not this one though--it's a thorough and tough workout, but still fun. The instructor, Suzanne Bowen, suggests light weights for the arms section, but other... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 11:38:17 EST Twitter Just wondering who on here has twitter, mine is!/amymcadwallader so feel free to follow me and i'll follow you back. Fri, 4 Nov 2011 08:40:17 EST Lululemon sponsoring another free pilates mat Lululemon is sponsoring a free pilates mat class at Pengu Studio in McLean Saturday at 4 pm. I had not been doing very much mat, but have enjoyed these sessions quite a bit <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 12:54:02 EST Hello - New to Pilates Hi everyone, I'm new to pilates and learning how to do some basic things. My hurdles include being overweight and not very fit and having multiple sclerosis. I think pilates could be quite helpful to me to develop more strength and flexibility. I look forward to exploring this group. <em>41</em> Sun, 23 Oct 2011 12:59:55 EST I admit I don't know this One of our team challenges is a cardio workout. <BR> <BR> Can I count pilates towards this or are we shooting for something more like treadmill, bicyling, running etc. Thu, 20 Oct 2011 07:48:10 EST WooHoo scored 2 Winsor Pilates DVDs for 99¢ I was browsing our huge thrift store and spotted a Winsor Pilates DVD for only 99¢. It was wrapped in plastic so I couldn't see if the DVD was in good condition of even if the right DVD was in the package. <BR> <BR> I brought it home and it had 2 Winsor Pilates DVDs.-- Ab Sculpting and a 20 minute workout. <BR> <BR> I can hardly wait to try them out. <BR> <BR> There was a 3rd DVD as well. The complete Second Season of The Golden Girls. Tue, 18 Oct 2011 21:48:14 EST Lululemon: free mat class in McLean VA Sat 10/15 Lululemon is sponsoring a free pilates mat class at Pengu Studio in McLean tomorrow at 4 pm. I noticed that Pengu's own Sommer will be doing the class. Sommer is a really excellent teacher. <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 11:07:20 EST best way to do a plank i'm new to this group and i had a question. i thought the best way to do a plank was with your arms extended, kind of like a stationary push-up. i read something the other day that said if you can't do the exercise on your elbows, you can make it easier by doing it with your arms extended. i'm confused... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 20:49:37 EST Full Figured & Loving Pilates I am starting to get into buying different gym clothes for Pilates (and working out in general I suppose) <BR> Curious where the curvy ladies find great workout apparel <BR> <BR> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 19:40:37 EST Contracting the Pelvic Floor? Doe this basically mean squeeze your vagina? I know I know I may be vulgar here but sometimes I wish my Pilates trainer would just be straight up. It helps to be blunt sometimes you know <BR> LOL <BR> A little help here <BR> <BR> thanks Wed, 21 Sep 2011 19:39:21 EST Come say hello! New to the Group and Pilates Hello Everyone: <BR> I have been using Pilates as a way to Rehab my knee but I am really enjoying it. My workouts are hard everytime! I am here to learn more and share my experiences with Pilates so I am looking forward to being apart of the group! <BR> <BR> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 19:37:44 EST How to find pilates in the fitness tracker Hi - I know that several months back there was a question/thread about using the fitness tracker for pilates and there was some mention that it was no longer showing up in the tracker. You can locate pilates and add it to your favorites by going to the "Browse" tab and choosing "Other exercises". Pilates is still in there and you can add it to your favorites from there. 133 calories p/hour. Mon, 19 Sep 2011 09:33:34 EST Anyone ?? Susan Lucci and Malibu Pilates I caught this information early on a Saturday when I had a bit of insomnia. <BR> <BR> It appeared to be a pilates chair, optional strap attachments and DVDs. I googled a bit to find the price -- looked like it was about $40 to get it plus 6 more months of $60 payments. <BR> <BR> Straps were only available if you bought the professional chair. <BR> <BR> Just wondering if anyone else the infomercial or owns the chair and what your thoughts are. <BR> <BR> I may ask for a pilates chair... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 15:53:43 EST Hi! I'm new to the team and Pilates. Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> I've decided to do Pilates! I LOVE yoga and while I love lifting weights and strength training, I'm finding I'm just not doing that stuff much. From what I've seen and read, it seem Pilates is a nice combination of yoga and strength. Am I getting that right? <BR> <BR> I'm determined and excited, but my weaknesses and killed motivation lie in lack of time or the appearance of it (several jobs, a toddler, a husband, etc.), getting to it (I talk a good game all day then.... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 20:48:29 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY Copy and paste into a reply <BR> <BR> <BR> Birth date: April 15, 1982 <BR> <BR> Time of birth: 5:45pm <BR> <BR> Single, Twin, Triplet, other (number if not single): Single <BR> <BR> Age: 29 <BR> <BR> City you were born in: Alma, MI <BR> <BR> Best life lesson you have learned: Even though it may seem like the worst thing ever right now, it can be the best thing in the long run. God's plan is not always obvious, but he does have one for you. <BR> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 10:30:27 EST I love pilates Hi, <BR> My name is Aiyla (A-la). I absolutely love pilates. I usually do the pop pilates on youtube, it's also on Since I've been doing pilates along with my regular cardio routine for the last 5 weeks I've lost 20lbs. Mon, 29 Aug 2011 21:36:32 EST Here's to my life returning to normal and routine August was really really unusual and unusually stressful. One of those times where your life gets changed and you didn't ask for it. <BR> <BR> I was able to make it to my pilates studio once and last Friday I was able to fit in a Tower class that my butt is still hurting from. <BR> <BR> Today I'm going to use the DVD that came with my pilates ARC. Sun, 28 Aug 2011 10:31:09 EST A place to chat or just share Is there a thread for just sharing daily or chatting? I like to hear about other members day and share ideas or interests. It seems to help in getting to know others in the team. Just wondering as I could find a thread for general sharing. Sun, 31 Jul 2011 13:15:12 EST new to Pilates & need some advice i would like to learn how to do Pilates. i've never done it before, but someone said it's excellent for flexibity and core strength. i need something i can do at home. any suggestions are appreciated. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 21:40:12 EST Hi I am Talia Marie McLean Hi iam talia and i like to join on this site to lose lots of weight Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:06:48 EST I bought a Pilates Arc I bought a Pilates Arc that looks like this one: <BR><BR>s-barrels/pilates-arc-videos.html <BR> <BR> I hope it gets here soon. We used them in class a couple of weeks ago and I thought it would be a good home piece of equipment. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 21:00:51 EST Hello! Hi, i'm new to this team. My local pilates studio offers a free first reformer class. so i tried it out--and kind of fell in love. i've done mat before, but i loved the reformer. i liked it so much that back on Memorial Day i signed up for an unlimited Summer pass. it was epxensive, and i've been going to a good 5 classes a week since (mostly reformer, some mat). i am a huge fan. <BR> my main goal was to get rid of all these aches and pains i was having--i'm too young for those! and so... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 08:45:00 EST New So...I really want to start incorporating pilates into my workout program because, from the videos I've tried, its extremely fun, relaxing, challenging...the whole nine. I'm looking forward to the learning process. Sun, 10 Jul 2011 12:32:55 EST Foot Corrector? I'm healing a torn tendon and bought a foot corrector that only came with a paper of instructions. Having difficulty locating specific exercises for this device. <BR> <BR> Would appreciate any hints or links. <BR> <BR> Thank you Sun, 3 Jul 2011 10:50:17 EST Pilates Listed as #1 Exercise for Strong Abs Marie Claire magazine recently listed Pilates as the number one exercise for strong, sexy abs! Check out the article here: <link><BR>dvice/tips/sexy-abs?src=soc_em </link> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 12:55:54 EST Winsor Pilates vs. the Reformer? Which one do you think gives better results? I have the winsor dvds and sculpting circle, a few years ago I used them 3 times a week for about 2 months and definitely saw results. What kind of results can I expect from the reformer? Wed, 29 Jun 2011 08:23:48 EST 10 minute pilates I actually really enjoy pilates. i have 10 minuite solution pilates and 10 mintue solution pilates toning with a band. a few years ago in highschool i did pilates everyday and lost alot of weight though i also wasn't eating hardly at all. but now i know that it does work and i also have to eat right. I am eating as clean as i can i also have jillian michaels dvd's (like 4 of them) but i might give them away or something. I'm also thinking of getting a malibu pilates chair once i get a job. it... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 16:36:35 EST Hello there team! Glad to meet you all! Looking forward to learning and supporting each other here. I've been doing pilates tapes for a few months and I'm hoping this group will teach me how to get the full benefits. My main goal is to get the core conditioning that Pilates is so helpful for. I was diagnosed with IBS/DIverticulitis earlier this year and it has been a struggle to have flat abdominals while dealing with this condition. Some days are better, then others, but I believe with proper diet and exercis... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 12:53:02 EST Pilates is in my everyday life. Hi folks I have a strong and passionate approach to Pilates! I love to use it when I sit in my car or stand in a long line. I love the fluid like movements in my body when I clean the house. I think core, power HOUSE don't fail me now! Peace, love and use your energy wisely! Happy to be on this team!! <em>247</em> Sun, 26 Jun 2011 13:12:31 EST Getting mentally geared for 6:15 am pilates class! I am so not a morning person, but this is the only class this fits in with my schedule. Getting up at 5:30 am ugh! Not getting enough coffee before class ugh! But how I'll feel after class is great! Sun, 19 Jun 2011 23:09:02 EST i am elsa belew i am elsa belew, iam liven in Ethiopia/addis abeba/, i am working in bake and alwayes i am tinking about my waight in this time i see you wab sit my waight is 96kg hight 1.65 meter i wane loss 30kg but i do not know how i want you help me <BR> thanks <BR> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 07:19:14 EST Hello everyone :) <BR> Having reached rock bottom with my weight problem I have decided that I am simply no longer prepared to live like this any more, my weight dominates my whole life and has done for many years, it has to stop. <BR> I found this site last night and after having looked through and read the forums, success stories, blogs etc. I am now feeling positive, excited and looking forward to the changes which I know I can make if I don't just give up at the first hurdle. <BR> You have all managed i... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 15:16:01 EST Hello, new to this team Hi, I'm new to this team although I started SP in April. I love Pilates.....hate going to the gym, hat working out, but have finally found something that I enjoy. I take 3 classes a week in a local studio (and I hear you, all of you who wish it wasn't so expensive) usually 2 reformer classes and 1 mat class. I've been doing Pilates for a little over a year, started with 2x/week, but once I retired, I was able to add in a third class. It's great to find like-minded folk! Sat, 11 Jun 2011 11:56:27 EST Hello Hi! I just wanted to introduce myself. I have been doing pilates once a week for two years and now my gym offers it three times a week so I am taking advantage of it. I love the way I feel after I'm done with the class although I wish the class was a little more challenging. I want to start doing pilates at home but lack the motivation or time. I would really like to do it in the morning but with getting two kids up for school and then going to work I don't find the time. Any ideas? Fri, 10 Jun 2011 19:46:02 EST Hello Hello today I am starting my spark diet/healthy lifestyle changes. I am 312 pounds. I was injured last october/november and have gained 30 pounds since. I have low back pain with, neck pain and complications from my weight. My 3 sons are embarrassed by my overweight but they also are very concerned about my health. Ryan calls me beautiful even though I am overweight Hes my middle child. (17 years old) I am hoping to get myself to a healthy weight not only for my children but for my health... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 10:15:26 EST question? How to track pilates/s trecthing on spar Hello everyone i was wondering if there was a way to track pilates or stretching on the spark fitness trackers besides quick tracking, id love to see some calorie burn info from it. Would it be under strength training? cardio? or not at all? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Caladriana Tue, 31 May 2011 12:55:19 EST Hello New here Hello New here. Ive been fighting with a torn shoulder since last year and am waiting on surgery and have had a broken toe since january and have been following Drs orders to the T and its still not healing. I wasn't able to exercise or even move for that matter for months. In april she gave me permission to do pilates since it was lying down and no pressure on my toe. Ive been working with the windsor pilates 20 minute basics routine 3 times a week and the other day i tried the buns and thig... Tue, 31 May 2011 10:59:10 EST New to the team! Hey guys, I was browsing for more teams to join when Pilates Lovers popped up.. perfect! My favorite instructor is Nicole Stewart from ExerciseTV... I've actually emailed her with responses a few times :) She's sooo sweet and cool. Anyways a long winded way to just say hey and introduce myself :) Wed, 25 May 2011 23:20:37 EST Poll: Home practice or Class? AM or PM? Pilates is one of those activities that once you have the basics and good form down, you can carry on with it on your own. I spent about a year going to classes and now I do my pilates at home (almost) every morning as soon as I get up. <BR> <BR> How about the rest of y'all? Tue, 24 May 2011 11:36:54 EST I'm not sore anymore. Is that good or bad? Hello everyone! I've been doing mat pilates for the past few weeks (probably 2nd week or 3rd week now), and I noticed, I don't really feel sore anymore after a workout. What does that mean? Does that mean I haven't been working hard enough and I'm not truly working out my muscle groups? Hope you can share your experiences and wisdom! :) Thank you :) Wed, 11 May 2011 19:38:34 EST New Me I loved the flat abs I had after 5+ hours of cardio, 2 hours of dancing, and any other miscellaneous activity I did during high school. But those days are behind me. I gained flat abs again while belly dancing and taking a mat pilates class once each weekly for an hour. Great fun and results! Then again I got lazy and gained some fat on my tummy. <BR> <BR> New goal: <BR> <em>320</em> Mat Pilates at the Gym 2x a week. <BR> <em>414</em> Yoga at the gym 2x a week <BR> <BR> Along with da... Wed, 11 May 2011 09:10:03 EST Wanna kickass in Pilates! :D Hello everyone! :) I started doing pilates last week. My mom advised me that it would be great for toning up my body. I'm doing the 10 Minute Solution Rapid Results Pilates series. I love how in mat Pilates all you really need is a mat. I do almost all of the 5 workouts (I'm just too exhausted to do the total body blast segment). I'm having such a hard time with doing the different poses. Will it get easier? :s I don't mind the hardwork, I'm just scared that I might be going nowhere because I... Mon, 9 May 2011 03:29:11 EST A newbie to this group! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I left the FAB ABS group to join Pilates Lovers. I was going to join Winsor Pilates but there is not I don't see any updated conversation, so here I am. <BR> <BR> Back on track and trying to do my best to get leaner and flexible for the Summer. <BR> <BR> I have done Winsor Pilates before and I had excellent results, the problem is that you have to stick to it, once you lose motivation the rest go back to normal and everything you have done is blown away. <BR> <B... Thu, 5 May 2011 08:05:14 EST Pilates Newbie I have recently started pilates classes. My only day to go to the class is on Wednesdays, which is fine for now. It takes me several days to get over being too sore do to anything else. My abs are basically jello, and I can't even get off the mat in most cases. <em>15</em> This is how I feel when trying to do a sit-up! haha Tue, 26 Apr 2011 22:49:49 EST Pilates loving newbie Hi! I am not a big fan of standard strength and toning workouts, but enjy the diversity and feel of pilates workouts, from what I've seen. I have never taken a pilates class (wish I could, but short on the $$$ for it), but I have followed a lot of pilates videos on YouTube, and can almost enjoy working out with pilates! <BR> <BR> I am also 25, living in PA, and working at a grocery store. I'm engaged to get married, and joined SP in hopes I can finally shed that pesky 20-30 pounds that I nee... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 09:49:25 EST WHY PILATES? We all found pilates through different methods. We all decided to start pilates for different reasons. We are all still doing pilates for different reasons. Share with us all the whys and hows. How did you learn about pilates? Why did you begin pilates? Why do you still do pilates? How do you do your pilates? Tue, 19 Apr 2011 14:38:40 EST New Pilates Lover Hello! I just started doing some pilates workouts and I thought I'd join this team to learn more about this form of exercise. I also like Yoga. <em>403</em> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 19:54:04 EST Pilates Bar with Stretch bands attached I just bought the Pilates Portable Studio. I think it is also known as a Fitness bar. It has two bands attached and you put them under your feet and raise the bar up to work out the entire body. Has anyone else here used it? It hurts, but feels good on my muscles. It came with a dvd, but there's just a few minutes of each exercise which maybe totals 45 minutes if you did each section. I'm wondering if there's any other videos on the internet to vary the workout? I did a search on the internet... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 13:21:01 EST Newbie! Hey everyone! New to the team.. I do Pilates about 5-7 times a week and I love it! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to drop in and say hi :) Sun, 20 Mar 2011 12:32:33 EST New to team! Hi all, I'm glad to find a Pilates team! I have a bad knee from an old running injury and now it is very arthritic. I have been out of practice with Pilates, but used to do it frequently. I plan on using Pilates workouts to gently strengthen my legs and core. My workout routine will consist of boxing followed by a 1-hour upper body strength circuit (free weights) 3 days a week, Pilates 3 days per week, and walking. <BR> <BR> Sat, 19 Mar 2011 14:57:37 EST New Hi everyone am new to spark people. I have been doing pilates for a while. I love it! But I was wondering if there any exercise for abs that I have not tried. I have tried the plank. Any other suggestions. Thanks! Good Luck to everyone! Mon, 14 Mar 2011 10:16:33 EST new hi <BR> i am new to the group. <BR> i have not used sp since november or december. But i started to do pilates now because i can not make it to the gym. i have an old issue of Fitness that has 5 good exercises to begin with and I am looking for more online <BR> i found this youtube channel that seems really good:<BR>&feature=relmfu Fri, 4 Mar 2011 19:41:11 EST Single Leg Circles question I'm slowly regaining the core strength needed to stop modifying the beginner routine in the Pilates Body by Brooke Siler (Hundred, Roll up, Single Leg Circles, Rolling Like a Ball, Single Leg Stretch, Double Leg Stretch, Spine Stretch). <BR> <BR> I tried doing the Single Leg Circles with my opposite leg parallel to the floor instead of bent, but it's impossible to get my other leg straight up to the ceiling (tight muscles... working on getting them more flexible). The important thing is to ... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 20:00:03 EST Hello Hello Everyone! Excited to have joined Spark People and looking forward to meeting many of you! Mon, 14 Feb 2011 00:41:28 EST Favorite thing What is your favorite thing you have found with the help of SparkPeople? Fri, 11 Feb 2011 12:06:07 EST I'm new here! Hey guys, I'm Will. I'm new to SP and just wanted to introduce myself. It's nice to see a group devoted to pilates, it's def one of my favourite forms of exercise! Wed, 9 Feb 2011 00:08:44 EST Getting back to Pilates hello! i'm just getting back to Pilates, in an effort to get myself -- and my daughter -- back in shape. i had great success with Spark and my first try at Pilates back in 2005-2007, and i'm looking forward to getting back on track after a tumultuous few years. look forward to meeting you all! thanks for being here for support and motivation! <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 4 Feb 2011 08:59:37 EST Pilates Anytime Online Hi, everyone! I'm new to the team, and have been doing pilates for about two years. <BR> <BR> After trying many teachers and studios, and getting really tired of spending so much money on good instruction, I just found I'm going to sound like an infomercial or a second here, but it's FANTASTIC! Basically, youtube for pilates. There is a low monthly charge, but you can try it for 15 days for free. <BR> <BR> The teachers are phenomenal and new classes are added almo... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 14:55:15 EST Tried it for the first time! This workout really amazed me, really!!! <BR> <BR> During the workout, yes it was difficult but not to the point where I wanted to scream "I cannot do this!" <BR> I felt I worked pretty good in there. <BR> <BR> What really got me was how sore I was the next day! <BR> That all being said, I'm going on Saturday again!! <BR> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 11:26:31 EST Semi-new to Pilates & Trying SP for the 3rd Time Hello Fellow Pilates Friends! I got into Pilates sometime last year, after getting tired of The Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga. I needed something new and found Weightloss Pilates with Kristin McGee and loved it immediately! I love how I feel when I'm finished, like it was a real workout! My muscles often ache the next day, along with discovering aching muscles that I didn't know I used. I ended up buying the Weightloss Pilates DVD and it has several workout options, which is perfet. I ... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 14:54:56 EST New to this team Hi everyone I am really looking forward to being a member of this team! Fri, 14 Jan 2011 23:46:59 EST Fitness Tracker: Today I start a new pilates class! The workout will last roughly 50 minutes and is specifically designed to target the core muscles. How to I go about entering this into the fitness tracker? It should count as strength training, but I'm not sure that by the end of the class I will have remembered the number of of reps of specific exercises that were done. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 10 Jan 2011 09:45:52 EST New to this group/New to Pilates Hi all! <BR> Well I had a meeting with a personal trainer at my gym today and she told me I should start Pilates mat and Pilates Reformer. <BR> I'm new to core training as well as to Pilates. <BR> I have to admit, I'm a bit nervous! I have my first class tomorrow morning. Help!!!!! Tell me I'm not getting in over my head!!!!!! Sat, 8 Jan 2011 16:44:21 EST Newbie! Hello, my name is Angie. I'm new to Pilates lover but have been doing Pilates at a local community center here in my area. I've joined Pilates lover to be able to do my Pilates at home also for the days I just don't want to go to the center and for me to be able to do more of Pilates all together. I love doing Pilates. I feel so much stronger after I've done it and I now have better strength and flexibility because of it. Anyhoo, I love to meet new people and look forward to being in this gro... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 11:06:15 EST New from Virginia Hi everyone <em>30</em> <BR> One of my Christmas presents I received is the portable pilates set from Danskin. So far so good, I love the stretches. <em>401</em> Mon, 3 Jan 2011 10:59:47 EST Hi, I'm new here! :) Hi everyone! I wanted to introduce myself and meet new women to talk to, I look forward to meeting new friends! <BR> My weight loss goals are to go from (starting weight 182) my current 174 to 134. (Hopefully by June 10-my birthday and the day I leave for CANCUN!) I was 150 before I got pregnant and still needed to lose weight then. <BR> I have an 18 month old son, I'm married, and have two dogs. I LOVE cooking and am currently doing Denise Austin pilates 6x a week along with drinking 3 lite... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 11:58:14 EST Goals for the new year! I have moved beyond just weight loss for this next year. Yes, I want to continue losing weight and reach my goal weight of 147.8 lbs by April 15th. I also want to do the following: <BR> <BR> Start my Masters program <BR> Start my personal trainer certification <BR> Move in with the man I love <BR> <BR> What are your goals. Fri, 17 Dec 2010 09:31:21 EST Tailbone Trouble Hi. I'm new to the group but not to pilates. I've been doing pilates dvds and a class here and there since high school and took an excellent course in college. <BR> <BR> I stopped doing pilates for a few months (and man, can I tell). I stopped in part from burn out because of a strange, and a bit embarrassing problem I have that prevents me from doing some of the best pilates moves. I was wondering if any one here could help me out. <BR> <BR> My problem is my tailbone. I don't have an ounc... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 15:46:32 EST Since I'm really doing this thing..... .... I figured I'd introduce myself to the team. :) <BR> <BR> I've been on some semblance of a 'weight loss journey' for about 2 years now. Mostly making good progress, but with several plateaus thrown in there for good measure. I got married last year, and my weight has been TOTALLY stalled ever since. <BR> <BR> I love people with food. Sue me. ;) But now I'm seeing that I can really love myself AND my husband better with a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> So, with that said - I'm embark... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 15:47:09 EST Becoming a Positive Role-Model for My Children Hi! My name is Crystal. I am a young mother of five (three girls and two boys). As my children get older, I am beginning to see them imitate more and more of my behaviors. I do not want them to develop any of the unhealthy habits that have lead me to become overweight. I want to turn my life around and become a positive role-model for them. I want to have more stanima to run and play with them. I DO NOT want to be a crabby mom anymore (although my sweet children will deny that I ever ... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 15:21:13 EST Malibu Pilates I was just wondering if anyone owns the Malibu Pilates chair. If you do, how do you like it? Am thinking about getting this to do along with my reformer exercises. Mon, 1 Nov 2010 09:37:20 EST Where are you from? I thought it would be nice to see where everyone is from. <BR> <BR> Michigan Mon, 18 Oct 2010 10:55:43 EST What is pilates? -article I know there are many out there who are just getting into, or exploring, pilates and I thought this might help. When I was just starting I was reading books, looking online and asking "what exactly is pilates?". I found this website during my search that I thought summed it up nicely so I thought I would share. <link><BR>/WhatIsPilates.htm </link> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 10:53:05 EST Pilates Reformer Does anyone use a pilates reformer either at home or in a gym. I have an aeropilates at home that I love. But have not been real consistant with it. Would really appreciate any pointers or DVD recommendations. I would really love to take classes but there are not any available in my area. The closest one is 50 miles away. Fri, 15 Oct 2010 15:43:34 EST PIlates Gear/Recco omendation I used to be active in Pilates. I am going to get started back in it. <BR> <BR> What gear do you recommend a new Pilates user getting in order to get back into active Pilates. I know I'll need a good mat. <BR> <BR> Also, do you reccomend any specific videos? Wed, 13 Oct 2010 13:38:57 EST New to team and a beginner in Pilates Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Gloria from Hamburg and I'm really interested in Pilates. I still do not have a lot of experience with it (Just the pilates video on SP) but I hope to change that soon by joining this team =) <BR> <BR> Good day! <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 Oct 2010 05:54:09 EST Hello from Los Angeles Hi, my name is Mika. I've been on SP for a while, but started a new profile since I wasn't taking very good care of my last. I'm mostly looking to maintain at this point, but that's a stuggle as well. <BR> <BR> Also, I'm a certified pilates instructor, so if you guys have any questions, I'll do my best to answer. Sun, 10 Oct 2010 14:02:20 EST Hello from St. Peters, MO I started working out July 5, 2010. I was a size 14. I work out 6 days a week for 90 minutes a day. 30 minutes of that is dedicated to Pilates. I sometimes skip other parts of my workout routine, but I NEVER skip Pilates. I am writing this in a old pair of jeans that I wore before I blew up. The jeans are a size 9. When I slipped them on, I was sooo proud of myself, I stood in the mirror and cried. I was so happy. I LOVE PILATES! Fri, 24 Sep 2010 18:09:48 EST Winsor Pilates BAll workout Hello every body, I hope you enjoy your week-end. <BR> To start the day nicely, I tried Winsor Pilates BAll workout, and I found it challenging. I used to practice only on the mat, without anything. <BR> What do you think? <BR> Anyway I'm proud I did it! <BR> Make it happen! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sat, 18 Sep 2010 03:56:00 EST Pilates in Tennessee I took Pilates classes while on a 16 day cruise back in the spring, and loved it. It was stictly mat sessions. This week I tried a class at my gym, and it was working out with the exercise ball and bands. Very different, and I'm not so sure about it. What are your thoughts about working with the ball and bands? Fri, 17 Sep 2010 18:50:04 EST Looks Around Mucho Gusto. This is actually my one week Sparkiversary but my first time posting on the boards. I wanted to try out the features on the site for a week and see if I liked them enough to stay before I introduced myself. I'm no stranger to calorie counting boards but after the last site I was on tried to tell me that for my height and weight I needed to eat only 1100 calories a day I decided to go hunting for a new home. I'm proof positive that counting calories and drinking 64 ounces of w... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 09:37:03 EST Please help me help my students. . . My Urban Pilates class is evolving, and I could use your input. There are only 5 questions on my survey. <BR> <BR> Thank you and God bless. . . <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 26 Aug 2010 14:42:49 EST Pilates and Jeans Do not mix. <BR> lol <BR> Roll down and rolling like a ball hurt my tail bone when I do them in jeans. <BR> <BR> Ouch. Sun, 22 Aug 2010 22:16:41 EST Rolling like a ball vs Seal I love rolling like a ball, it's really fun for me to do. So my pilates teacher decided to put me through the ab series, and after wards she asked me to do seal. I found out that I have an impossible time getting up when doing seal. Apparently seal is suppose to be easier and rolling like a ball is suppose to be harder, but my body decided to mix it up. Do you guys have any advice? Sat, 14 Aug 2010 10:07:44 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 9 Aug 2010 15:29:21 EST New to group but not pilates I just joined the group and I have been doing pilates at my gym off and on for years. The teacher is great. She modifies for injuries or limitations or makes it tougher for those that need it. She inspires us to do our best and eat better. I have always called pilates my secret weapon! Sat, 31 Jul 2010 15:55:00 EST New in Salt Lake Hi Y'all! I'm Shelly. I'll be 50 in about a month. I'm new to both this team and pilates. Having permanent injuries to both legs, I found pilates is something I can do with little to no modifications. I'm really excited to have found this team. Thanks Sat, 31 Jul 2010 11:39:51 EST oh wow I've missed Pilates :) I haven't done Pilates in a couple of years; I got out my Pilates Body book recently though and today I put the baby in his bouncy chair, put my mat on the floor and down I went. <BR> <BR> I am SO out of shape! The baby is only 2 months old though, so I'm going really really slow (I don't have the ab strength to even do a roll up!). <BR> <BR> I've missed it though, even the modified beginner section gave me a bit of that Pilates high. It's going to take me a while to get back to the level ... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 15:13:44 EST New Routine for class??? Does anyone have suggestions to download free routines online? I would like to spice up my class this weekend with some new exercises! <BR> Thank you! Fri, 9 Jul 2010 10:51:33 EST New to Pilates! Hi, I'm trying out Pilates for the first time, so I thought it would be a good idea to join a group so I can ask questions. <BR> <BR> I live really remotely, so I'm not going to have the benefit of a teacher; I've got a book called The Pilates Body by Brooke Siler, and hopefully the explanations and pictures will suffice. <BR> <BR> What I've read so far has informed me that this isn't a substitute for ST or for cardio, but something I do in addition to those to strengthen my core, so I'm ... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 14:31:54 EST Pilates instead of Strength Training Hi, I have just started exercising again and I'm trying to work out a work out routine. At the moment I am doing Zumba on Tuesday, Pilates on Wednesday and Gym/Swimming on Friday. I really don't like strength training but know that I should do more in order to tone up more. <BR> <BR> My question is can Pilates replace conventional gym work? I know that I would make time for Pilates at home as it is also relaxing. At the moment I 'can't' find time to do the home strength training work-ou... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 17:22:16 EST Hello from Chicago Hi all, <BR> I just moved to Chicago and am hoping to stick with Pilates in my new city! This is my motivation to find a studio and regularly attend classes. <BR> At my old studio, I took classes 2x-3x/week for the past three months (much less often for the year prior) and loved the difference I was seeing in my fitness and strength. <BR> Nice to meet everyone! <BR> Rosey Sun, 27 Jun 2010 20:37:04 EST More challenging Pilates workout I have been doing Pilates weekly by following the workouts on Exercise TV and I now find I would like to do more challenging workouts. Can anyone recommend an intermediate level workout DVD? Fri, 25 Jun 2010 22:45:33 EST First Pilates work-out ahead Hello, I'm Barbara (or Babs), 33, hailing from Belgium. Starting next week, I would like to incorporate Pilates into my weekly work-out scheme, and I guess that's when I'll start asking tons of questions :) Nice meeting y'all! Sun, 20 Jun 2010 14:23:06 EST Hi, I'm new to Pilates Lovers! Hi fellow Pilates lovers! SP has a group for eveybody. Too awesome. <BR> <BR> My name is Paula and I've been teaching Pilates for 4 years now. It was another class that I didn't think I'd enjoy taking let alone teaching it. But I've grown and so much has changed including my core muscles. <BR> <BR> Over the course of 4 years, I've embraced Pilates to point of making my own brand. It's called Urban Pilates. For those, who are intimidated by Pilates are thought it was boring, please chec... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 07:21:46 EST New to the group I am so glad I came accross this team. I have a Reformer and I know it works. I need to get my motivation back. Can use some support. Fri, 11 Jun 2010 00:21:50 EST New to group I've had a Pilates machine for many years. I totally forgot about it until I found this on the site. Can't wait to start it up again! Thu, 10 Jun 2010 17:40:15 EST New here Hey everyone, I've been doing some Pilates on the mat but due to a tight budget had to stop taking classes (huge disappointed sigh). Hopefully this will change sooner than later but until then I will have to live with the dvd I have (Pilates for Dummies) - and will also check my library out whether there would be a nicer alternative. <BR> <BR> I'm also curious about the machines and might have a go at them at some point. Have you tried them? Did you like it? Pros and cons in comparison with ... Sun, 16 May 2010 16:31:37 EST Working more pilates into my routines Do you guys typically do pilates on the same day you weight train? I'm trying to figure out how to work pilates into my routine a little better, but wasn't sure if I should alternate days like you do in weight training? Sat, 15 May 2010 13:59:02 EST Pilates : Weightloss ?? I have a question: HAVE your lost weight or inches on pilates? Or, it it just a good supplimentary exercise. <BR> <BR> I am thinking about doing it but I want to know if it is just a good relaxing/stretching exercise or will it make me loose weigh and inches. Fri, 14 May 2010 14:57:28 EST Teaser How long can you hold your teaser? Wed, 12 May 2010 09:19:25 EST Question. Okay, so I'm totally leaning towards going to this pilates competition. I mean, why not? My only issue is--- Mari Winsor is going to be there. So my plan is to at least master (I have 15 days--- that's enough right??? -_-) some basic moves that I've had trouble with. One is though, something that I have been scared of. How did you guys teach yourself the roll over? I have always been to afraid that I might roll on my neck or worse---. Any advice, or should I not attempt? Thu, 6 May 2010 23:46:06 EST Machine Pilates Exercisers Care to Share? I am just curious. Where I used to go, the others who did the machines used to rave about the machines ... anybody even just try it ... or use them occasionally? ... regularly? <BR> <BR> This is not a poll, you can vote (comment) as many times as you like ... <em>41</em> Wed, 5 May 2010 22:12:40 EST Exhale Pilates Hello everyone, I'm new to the team, but, not new to Pilates. I've been doing Pilates for years and love the way it make me feel. Looking forward to being part of the team. <em>401</em> Mon, 3 May 2010 12:20:00 EST Needs an honest opinion I found this event on facebook:<BR>o-522.htm <BR> <BR> Now it looks really exciting, and I totally would love to go--- but I haven't done pilates in like, two months. I know, it's bad. I would go back and train anyway (I should be doing that anyway right?) but my question is, since I have to pre register, do you think I'd be able to get myself ready for a pilates competition in a month? Thu, 22 Apr 2010 21:00:45 EST how much cardio ? I have 10 pounds to lose, and I am doing pilates at <BR> im=x pilates 2 to 3 days a week, and i am wondering what you guys think about cardio... <BR> <BR> i am wondering if 1 hour of cardio (biking, specifically) 3 days a week is enough for weight loss, <BR> or if i need to do more. <BR> <BR> i seem to be stuck where i'm at.... <BR> <BR> thanks ! <BR> Donna O Sun, 18 Apr 2010 10:34:27 EST New and have questions! It looks like this board isn't all that active, but I thought I would ask some questions since I have them and surely there are some people out there! <BR> <BR> I had to quit my pilates class because I'm busy right now at work (it is at 8:30, so I just went to my job later on Tuesdays). I bought a DVD, but it is just a half hour and obviously the same routine over and over again. I also have a book, The Pilates Body and just ordered the second book in that series. The book is how I learne... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 11:32:09 EST Not a lover just yet I just bought a CD to learn Pilates. I am practicing yoga and it feels wonderful. Exploring with not just fitness, but with practicing balance and well being. <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> Agi@A1A...Kicking butt with releasing excess weight! Wed, 17 Mar 2010 21:04:55 EST Hello - New to Spark People Hi everyone - I just joined SparkPeople, and I'm excited to read all your posts. I have been doing Pilates for 15 years and am a certified instructor. I'm currently working on my first Pilates book, and look forward to getting to know you all. <BR> Angela Smith from Classic Form Pilates Tue, 16 Mar 2010 10:59:52 EST Post from Coach Jen Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Recently we've had a number of issues with members posting copyrighted information- primarily in their blogs. The original authors have been contacting us, asking that their work be removed, or properly cited, or in some instances they want to be paid for the fact that someone else is using it. <BR> <BR> I'm asking that you pass along this reminder to your teams: <BR> <BR> If you are going to post something on the boards or in your blog that someone else has writt... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 00:38:52 EST Well, here I am... Hi all: My name is Carol and I live in MD. I have 2 kids, ages 10 and 7. I tried pilates many years ago, at home with a psycho tape and threw my back out. I thought pilates was insane and definitely not for me! Was I wrong. <BR> <BR> I have rediscovered pilates, and love it. I use the Rael pilates DVDs. My mother has a reformer (she is hard core and is the one who convinced me to try it again) but I am very happy with the mat work right now. I have noticed a huge improvement in my cor... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 23:17:36 EST Footwear when doing Pilates What do you wear on your feet when you do Pilates exercises. I've tried with low jogging shoes and plain socks. Going barefoot doesn't work because I get cold easily. The shoes worked ok, but I do understand the point that it may restrict certain movements. Plain socks slipped on my foot. I kept my feet on the mat, so slipping on the floor was not a problem. <BR> <BR> I've seen the ToeSox, but can't say I like that idea much. Please do share with me if you know of any other kinds of footwear... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 03:47:21 EST Great Pilates clip showing SCORPION move. wow <link><BR>feature=related </link> Mon, 22 Feb 2010 23:31:23 EST Your Pilates routine? What is your Pilates routine like? <BR> <BR> For now mine is like this: <BR> *the Hundreds (pump until 100) <BR> *coordination <BR> *roll (arms above head, roll up while arms go forward, then roll back down) <BR> *single leg stretch <BR> *double leg stretch <BR> <BR> I do all these with a light resistance band. Mon, 22 Feb 2010 15:07:15 EST Neck pain and adapting the exercises When having pain in the neck, how can I adapt the 12-minute abs exercises that one can see on video here on Sparkpeople? Is it ok to put your head on a small pillow, and not lift the head up? Sun, 21 Feb 2010 04:21:46 EST Gradually increasing work-outs Have any of you started out very carefully, like I have? <BR> <BR> Due to CFS I've had to start very gently, so I started out with the basics like the positions and tightening the abs and core muscles. Did this twice or three times, and then started with two exercises with a resistance band. Did ten repetitions of those two two days in a row, and then added a third exercise. <BR> <BR> How did you do it in the beginning? Sat, 20 Feb 2010 12:23:14 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm new to Sparkpeople, and pretty new to Pilates too. Started doing Pilates exercises with a resistance bad only a few weeks ago, but was hooked after the first session. <BR> <BR> Have got five exercises in my routine now, and am adding a sixth routine on Tuesday. I try to do Pilates twice a week in the weeks that I have physio therapy, and three times a week in the weeks that I have no physio. <BR> <BR> PS: I'm wondering if there are others out there who are using Pilates t... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 08:18:01 EST Floating ribs Can anyone describe to me what it means to keep your floating ribs in??? Thank You Thu, 11 Feb 2010 15:46:22 EST your best butt workout? What pilates workout do you think targets the butt the best? Thu, 11 Feb 2010 09:03:45 EST New team member! I got back to my pilates class last night and felt so good! So sore today, but a good sore! And so glad to be back to it! Mon, 8 Feb 2010 09:55:25 EST PILATES LOVERS Welcome to the team. It is so exciting to see all the new and comeback people on joining the team. We are excited to have you all here. Leave a little message so we can get to know you. Mon, 1 Feb 2010 11:09:43 EST February 2010 Check - In Welcome to a new wonderful month. I am so very glad to see everyone who is benefiting from the team. Hope everyone has a great month. <BR> <BR> HERE!! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 11:08:11 EST DH just bought me Mari's newest system! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> We were watching Tv this morning before going to churhc when the infomercial came on. I have just gotten into pilates and have looked into getting a few of her DVDs, but didn't do so. Well when this came on my husband noticed I had taken interest in it. While I was getting ready, he popped online and bought the Deluxe Kit for me. How sweet is he?! <BR> <BR> Thanks Baby! Sun, 31 Jan 2010 16:49:27 EST Wishing you happiness & health - hi everyone Thanks so much everyone for the warm welcome. Just getting going on my 3rd week ... and am finding all the advice, tips and community goals to be energizing and fun, too. Lost a few inches so far, and am learning much more! Sun, 31 Jan 2010 13:50:15 EST Reformer I just found out that a gym that is right around the corner from my home has a pilates studio with reformers. I am very excited about this. ^_^ <BR> Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:41:57 EST BALL CHALLENGE If you have access to a ball try one new exercise with the ball or add it to one of your exercises you already do. Come and share your ideas with the team. Thu, 21 Jan 2010 16:06:39 EST How thick is your pilates mat? I'm thinking of buying a mat, especially since I'm doing stability ball workouts and slipping is a huge issue. Since pilates requires things like rolling like a ball, I was wondering what thickness do you guys feel comfortable with when you look at a mat? Sat, 9 Jan 2010 00:37:25 EST Pilates DVDs Hi - I've been doing Pilates for almost 4 years now and sometimes I need to do Pilates at home instead of in a class. Can someone recommend a few good dvds that are not beginner and not advanced? I consider myself somewhere in the middle. A good intermediate one would be great. I currently do mat exercises and incorporate hand weights, balance ball and exercise bands in my workout. Thanks in advance! Sun, 3 Jan 2010 13:00:32 EST Doing the same pilates workout. So I've been doing the same pilates workout for quite awhile. I'm not bored or anything, but I was curious if that might be a problem. I've been adding a pilates stability ball workout, but then I do the same pilates workout I did before. Do you guys think there is something detrimental with me not changing it up? Sat, 2 Jan 2010 23:52:22 EST 30 Sessions Challenge!!! (cont.) This is a great kick off for those just starting or those who want to continue their pilates goals. <BR> <BR> Set a date three months from when you start (ex. 1/2 - 4/2 or Jan 2 - Apr 2) and track your 30 days of success (with an emoticon if you would like). <em>248</em> Sat, 2 Jan 2010 22:15:52 EST 2010 Challenges We are going to start the new year off with some sharing. I am sure many of you have set new year's resolutions; whether they are new goals or just revamped goals, we would all like to hear. Share some of your personal challenges here, we could all support and benefit from them. Fri, 1 Jan 2010 01:22:53 EST January 2010 Check-in Welcoming in a new year and a wonderful new you. Let us know you are here. Fri, 1 Jan 2010 01:19:15 EST January 2010 Newbies Welcome to a new year and a new start! Whether you are new to spark or the team <em>235</em> <em>229</em> <em>199</em> Introduce yourself with as much or as little info as you would like. Fri, 1 Jan 2010 01:16:42 EST Hi everyone, I'm new here1 I'm from Ontario, Canada...looking forward in meeting everyone on the team, I hope I can keep up with all of you in one way or other. <BR> Happy New Year and a New Beginning for 2010!!! Wed, 30 Dec 2009 13:50:33 EST Pilates on Fifth Has anyone tried this video podcast ( I've been looking at them but I'm actually going to try an follow them now! I'm also adding a resistance band too! Tue, 15 Dec 2009 21:14:05 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Rebecca. I have joined SparkPeople in hopes of losing 20 pounds. I hope this is the thing I need to help me stay motivated. My plan is to start eating a healthy diet, doing Pilates, walking for a part of my lunch hour, and doing the 30 Day Shred. Any tips on how to stay motivated and committed to this plan would be greatly appreciated. :) Mon, 14 Dec 2009 17:40:26 EST December Newbies <em>235</em> to the Team!!! It is great to see all the necomers; tell us a little about yourself and why you are here. Wed, 9 Dec 2009 14:37:17 EST December Check-In Just stop on in and let us know you are still here. Wed, 9 Dec 2009 14:33:47 EST Genie Let's try the Genie sit this week. <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=136 </link> Tue, 8 Dec 2009 12:41:42 EST hey y'all i wanted to join this team because i'd really like to learn more about pilates. a few years ago i purchased a 30 min dvd for pilates that uses a resistance band. i still use it to this day (obviously not as much as i need to lol) and absolutely love it. <BR> i do have a question, does pilates count as a cardio work out? thanks! and please feel free to add me :) <BR> <BR> kristin Tue, 8 Dec 2009 11:26:58 EST New to the group Hi, <BR> I'm new to sparkpeople, I have been a South Beach follower for 3 years and need to lose the last 10 lbs with more support than they offer. I Have been using the Pilates method for 2 years and can honestly say it has helped me overcome some back issues I was starting to have. I look forward to being a part of this group and meeting some of you. Wed, 2 Dec 2009 13:10:23 EST Hi. I'm new! Happy Thanksgiving! Hi. My name is Sarah and I enjoy doing pilates every day(specifically the belly flattening crunches). Today I cheated on my diet but tomorrow I get back on the horse. What can I say? It's Thanksgiving! Thu, 26 Nov 2009 19:40:13 EST The Plank How long can you hold the plank position? Wed, 25 Nov 2009 23:58:54 EST Building muscle with Pilates? While I know that Pilates isn't exactly a calorie burner and is definitely more of a muscle TONER, but will weight gain or loss potentiallly occur with Pilates? Any one have any thoughts? Tue, 17 Nov 2009 12:32:28 EST Train 180, going 189-180 Starting weight 189 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 04:36:16 EST Hi...A Newbie here ! So glad to find a group of pliates lovers...I got tons and tons of pilates videos and workouts.Now I can communicate with others about this great way to workout. Hope to get lots of support from this community. And the chance to encourage others. <BR> <BR> Bunny55 <em>252</em> Mon, 16 Nov 2009 13:48:29 EST Crunch Pick Your Spot Pilates Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I noticed many people liked/used the crunch pick your spot pilates dvd. Does anyone have the lists of the moves and reps to enter in to the strength excercises? I can rewatch the dvds and sit with a pen and paper but...I was hoping someone already had it! Thu, 12 Nov 2009 22:18:35 EST Train 110, going from 119-110 Here are the points: <BR> Weekly points (try to do each of these once a week)-- <BR> 1. Set my weight loss goal for the week = 1 point <BR> 2. Post a "Why I'm on this train" sentence = 1 point <BR> <BR> Three times a week points (try to do each of the following at least 3 times a week)-- <BR> A. At least 30 minutes of cardio = up to 3 points (if you do only one day, you get only 1 point) <BR> B. At least 20 minutes of strength training = up to 3 points <BR> C. At least 20 minutes of p... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 18:16:34 EST Train Q & A Post all train questions here. Mon, 9 Nov 2009 19:32:36 EST Train Points Here are the points: <BR> Weekly points (try to do each of these once a week)-- <BR> 1. Set my weight loss goal for the week = 1 point <BR> 2. Post a "Why I'm on this train" sentence = 1 point <BR> <BR> Three times a week points (try to do each of the following at least 3 times a week)-- <BR> A. At least 30 minutes of cardio = up to 3 points (if you do only one day, you get only 1 point) <BR> B. At least 20 minutes of strength training = up to 3... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 19:30:26 EST Train Rules Train-- <BR> This is all for you. Make your goals and use the points to help you reach them. <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> read and agree to these rules before boarding the train: <BR> 1) I am entering this train under my own risk. I understand the ride may get bumpy, may become so overcrowded I feel I can't fit in, or may even fall right of the tracks. The train may take a completely wrong turn and bring me to a North village, I will not get off at the wrong village, I will simply reb... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 18:21:31 EST Do you do pilates if you are sick? I have had this horrible head cold for the past 3 days. No fever, but I feel as if it takes tons of effort to even lift my head off the pillow in the morning. <BR> <BR> Do you still do pilates when you are sick? I was debating trying to get a session in this afternoon, but I feel like I can not even muster up the energy. DO I push though it, or do I wait it out? Mon, 2 Nov 2009 11:02:18 EST November Check-In This is just so you can stop in and let us know you are still here. Sun, 1 Nov 2009 09:15:26 EST November Newbies <em>235</em> to all new team members. Please introduce yourself here. Sun, 1 Nov 2009 09:14:14 EST Learning from books Who here is also learning pilates from books and charts/pictures? <BR> <BR> What helps you with form etc <BR> <BR> Message me with anything you have to say about your experiences good and bad <BR> <BR> Bright blessings <BR> Terrisse Fri, 30 Oct 2009 16:51:38 EST Advice if you will Hello, <BR> So i am just starting out doing pilates and after my first session my hamstrings are soooo sore. (that was Wednesday and im STILL sore) <BR> <BR> I like to, and am required to train hard. I feel like pilates will be a great added benefit to my fitness routine however, if it deters me from training hard due to being sore then,.. I will have to re-evaluate when / if i can fit it in <BR> <BR> Now i know some soreness is common, and I wanted to learn pilates to correct my in balan... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 21:51:22 EST Advice if you will Hello, <BR> So i am just starting out doing pilates and after my first session my hamstrings are soooo sore. (that was Wednesday and im STILL sore) <BR> <BR> I like to, and am required to train hard. I feel like pilates will be a great added benefit to my fitness routine however, if it deters me from training hard due to being sore then,.. I will have to re-evaluate when / if i can fit it in <BR> <BR> Now i know some soreness is common, and I wanted to learn pilates to correct my in balan... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 21:47:43 EST Pilates Fever! Hi all! <BR> I am a certified personal trainer and Stott Pilates instructor. I am so psyched to join your team! I look forward to meeting other "Pilates Divas" <em>34</em> <BR> Have an AWESOME day! Fri, 23 Oct 2009 10:50:42 EST Hey :) New to team, not to pilates! I love doing pilates, when I have the chance, and my son will even do it with me...he's great motivation to get moving! Thu, 22 Oct 2009 12:38:05 EST Greetings Hello all, <BR> I am new to Pilates. As a soldier I found that I wanted and needed to do something a lil different from my normal PT routine however, pilates is a difficult set of skills to learn from a book. I hope to gain and trade pilates tips and get to chat with all of you when my net time permits :P <BR> <BR> Bright Blessings <BR> Wed, 21 Oct 2009 19:18:25 EST