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Examples of Pilates Eccentric Contraction

One of the big keys to Pilates exercise is the eccentric contraction.<p>In Pilates, we use all three kinds of muscle contractions: eccentric, …

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Pilates: Not Just For Ladies

Modern life, with its desks and deadlines, generates no end of physical ailments. Yet in the search for ache-and-pain relief, most men turn their …

Pilates and planks give this Canadian champion skater a jump on the competition

<i>Summer is no time to relax for Canada's best winter athletes, who are sweating hard with seven months to go before the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. We asked medal hopefuls to dish on their summer workout regimes and share their best exercise tips for our readers. This week: Kaetlyn Osmond.</i>Like many …

Not sweating enough in your workouts? Give Hot Pilates a try

DOING INTERVAL PILATES in a heated room didn’t seem outrageous. Mind you, I spend at least an hour or two almost every day in a heated room doing or …

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Do yoga and pilates count as cardio?

<b>The question:</b> Do the yoga and pilates classes I do count as cardio? In some classes I really feel my heart pumping.<p><b>The answer:</b> Let's first clarify how we are using the word "cardio." For the sake of simplicity, fitness professionals usually divide training into three categories: cardio, strength …

Strong and Sleek Upper Body Pilates Workout

Build functional strength and definition with this arm- and core-sculpting routine<p>1. Front Scoop<p>A<p>B<p><b>A.</b><p>Stand in Pilates “V” position with heels pressed …

Using Pilates Exercises for Back Pain Relief

Pilates exercises are commonplace at physical therapy centers, chiropractors are recommending Pilates, and "My back used to hurt all the time and now …

When Is the Best Time of Day to Practice Pilates?

Brooke Siler, author of the Women's Health Big Book of Pilates, answers your biggest Pilates questions<p><b>Q. When Is the Best Time of Day to Practice Pilates?</b><p>It's up to you! If you work out in the morning, when your body temperature is lower, allow yourself a little extra warm-up time. If you work out …

Women's Health

"Can I Do Pilates If I'm Not Flexible?"

Brooke Siler, author of the Women's Health Big Book of Pilates, answers your biggest Pilates questions<p><b>Q: Can I Do Pilates If I'm Not Flexible?</b><p>A: You can! When any body part feels "stuck," you're not only at risk for injury but you may also feel tired or stressed because of unconscious tension held …

Yoga

Plagued by Haters, a Pilates Trainer Photoshops Herself Skinnier in This Video About Body Image

No matter how much you accomplish in life, there are always going to be plenty of people online to tell you just how crappy you still are.<p>Pilates …

Andy Murray Makes Pilates Core to His Comeback

After back surgery in 2013, Murray has made it a more important part of his fitness routine<p>By<p>Tom Perrotta<p>Tom Perrotta<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>PARIS—Andy Murray made news last year when he hired a woman, former top-ranked player Amélie Mauresmo, as his coach. But as he has recovered from back …

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Sculpted to the Core: Kate Hudson's Pilates Workout

Get firm abs and a butt to match with our November cover star's 4 favorite Pilates moves<p>1. Roll Up<p>A<p>B<p>C<p><b>A.</b><p>Lie faceup with arms extended overhead, palms …

7 Things You Didn't Know About Pilates

Fun facts and fresh ideas from celebrity Pilates instructor Alycea Ungaro<p>Pilates Original Name: Contrology<p>1 of 7<p>"Mr. Joe Pilates, the inventor, …

Yoga

Why Every Runner Should Try Pilates

It’s no secret that I have fallen madly in love with Pilates on the Megaformer. After dealing with a number of injuries and setbacks this year mainly …

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