Hey guys, hope you are enjoying the blog! Today was a day for "Stretch and Strengthen" ("S&S") and so I chose to do both by following along with a Pilates video by Shape magazine. I've owned this DVD for about 3-5 years now and had only watched it once before, if that! It went great! The workout went by really quickly. I could definitely feel the burn but in a very controlled way so a bit different from running. Definitely helped me stretch out my hip flexors too. All in all, I think it was a great little workout. I will probably get a couple more DVDs just so I don't get really sick of this one. I also have a 3-pack yoga DVD so I'll probably whip one of those out on my next S&S day.
The DVD was great and came with some useful tips on Pilates form that I will share with you here:
Pelvis: Stabilize the pelvis. Contract your abs and do not tighten your glutes.
Rib Cage: Keep abs in. Engage the abs and keep them pulled in to prevent lower ribs from flaring out, causing your back to arch.
Shoulder Blades: Hold shoulders down. Try to draw them flat against your rib cage.
Head and Neck: Always align head and neck with the line of your spine. Do not hyperextend.
Make sure to breathe!
Muggsy also likes pilates :-)