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Stability Ball Hamstring Curls

Let me start by saying that if you drop your hips during this exercise, it will be way less effective. More on that later, but first let’s talk about the setup. One rule of biomechanics is that the longer the lever, the more difficult the exercise. A great example of this is that pushups from […]

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Stability Ball Opposite Arm and Leg Reach

The essence of this exercise is about maintaining low ab engagement and contact of your low back on the mat even as your arms and legs move. Prior to picking your feet up off of the floor, engage your transverse abdominus by drawing the belly button down toward your spine. In order to bring your […]

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Inner Thigh Lifts

Strengthen your inner thighs with this low impact exercise! This exercise is excellent at building inner thigh strength. Inner thigh strength is essential for keeping the head of the femur in the hip socket. It is also very helpful if you are twisted one way or the other in the hips to help stabilize your […]

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Rolling Bridges

Create mobility AND strength in your back with this great exercise! Our clients not only tend to like the results of rolling bridges but they also tend to like the released feeling they feel in their backs as they do them! The biggest difference between a rolling bridge and a straight back bridge, which is […]

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What is Pilates

Pilates is a full-body workout meant to strengthen the whole body, small and large muscles alike, as well as improve flexibility and mobility throughout the body. Typically¬†a low impact workout, pilates can be done using props, machines or just your own body weight.   History of Pilates: Created by Joseph Pilates in the early-to-mid twentieth […]

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Balance

It isn’t just luck! Balance is extremely important. We know that balance is important as we age, and tends to get more difficult; however, it is important for other things, too. Balance is especially important for the following: Ankle, knee or hip injuries, both for prevention and in recovery from any of these injuries. Running […]

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Mini Swans/Cobra – Exercise to Improve Posture

Improve your posture; build upper back strength; improve your scapular stability; reduce neck and shoulder pain; reduce widows stoop…This exercise has SO many benefits! This exercise it great, when it is done correctly. Frequently, people do this exercise using their traps (upper shoulders) and hang into their low backs which destroys all the benefits of […]

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Shoulder Rotator Exercise – Internal Rotation using Theraband

Help prevent torn rotator cuffs with this easy exercise! Torn rotator cuffs are an extremely common injury and can lead to even worse injuries. So help protect your shoulder health with this great exercise! Remember these things when doing this exercise: Brain over matter. It may seem strange but how you think about the exercise […]

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Shoulder Rotator Exercise – Low to High Internal Shoulder Rotation

A wonderful rehab type of exercise to focus on the rotator muscles within the shoulder joint, this exercise can be done with a theraband or a cable machine with very light weight. For more information on using the cable machine specifically, make sure to watch the video for how to set it up. For a […]

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