In the November/December issue of Pilates Style, pilatesology.com founder Alisa Wyatt shares her secret for getting more out of the Reformer exercises, as learned from her mentor Romana Kryzanowksa: Pay attention to the purpose of the exercise as you do it. Here’s a bonus exercise to accompany the workout in the issue.
Goals: to stretch and open the hips and pelvis; to improve control and balance
Apparatus Setting: 2 medium springs; footbar up
Setup: Stand tall on the carriage with one foot on the footbar and the other against the shoulder block. Cross your arms in front of your chest, or place your fingertips behind your head.
1. Inhale as you press the carriage out by extending your front leg.
2. Exhale as you bend your front leg to draw the carriage back in. Do 5 reps on both sides.
Tip: Imagine that the ceiling is right above your head—don’t bump into it as you move the carriage out and in.
Alisa Wyatt has been teaching Pilates since 1999, when she left her high-powered publishing job to spread her passion for Pilates. Realizing there was a need to preserve Joseph Pilates’ original style of teaching, she and her husband Jack created pilatesology.com, the only website offering streaming video instruction solely dedicated to classical Pilates. Alisa was trained by Pilates legend Romana Kryzanowska, and has studied extensively with Jay Grimes and Kathy Grant. A featured expert for publications like Departures, Glamour, Self, Family Circle and Pilates Style, Alisa teaches a range of clients from Olympic athletes to “real” people who want to look and perform at their absolute best. For more information, visit pilatesology.com; connect with Alisa on Instagram (@pilatesology and #pilatesology).
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