All Shapes and Sizes by Nikki Naab-Levy

All Shapes and Sizes by Nikki Naab-Levy

«Be it the teaser or rollover, we’ve all experienced that exercise where no matter how much we work on it, it always feels harder than everything else to master.

Sometimes, it’s a legitimate strength issue. However, other times, it has nothing to do with strength and everything to do with proportions. The length of your arms and legs relative to your torso, how much natural turnout you have and even the width of your thighs can all affect how easy (or difficult) it is to perform an exercise.

While common cues absolutely have their place, they often miss these nuances, which can make some exercises more frustrating than they need to be for us as instructors and for our clients.

I wanted to explore this idea of body diversity and how it affects the Pilates repertoire visually, so for March Matness, an online movement started by Benjamin Degenhardt, I invited a group of instructors to do a photoshoot with me.

For this article, I’m going to look at a few of the more challenging exercises and break down how body type, limb length and flexibility can change the best way to get the most out of the exercises…»

 

Full text available in 'Pilates4you Journal №2 «PILATES LEGEND»'

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