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Almost all video streaming problems happen for 2 reasons:
- Stop the video if it is running poorly–> Refresh the page and then press play again.
- Try locating yourself closer to the router that is sending out your internet Wifi signal. Close all other applications that use the internet like iTunes, email, YouTube etc… If you are at home kick everyone else who is online off.
- If you are traveling, switch to 3G network if the Wifi is spotty (goes up and down in strength).
WHY: Internet connections fluctuate in strength, especially Wifi, and this makes streaming videos difficult. Our videos automatically adjust to your bandwidth and send a lower quality video if your connection is slow or weak, but if the bandwidth jumps around too quickly, the videos have a hard time “switching.” Not sure your bandwidth is the issue? Try these quick Tests:
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- Switch to using Firefox as your internet browser. Go here–> http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/ to download Firefox onto your computer, laptop, tablet etc… Currently, Firefox is the best browser for streaming video, hands down. Try the website with this new browser. Still not working?
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- How old is your modem and/or Wifi router? (These are the annoying blinking boxes under your desk.) Devices older than 3 years will really struggle with the new technology of today. Replacing modems (and Wifi routers if you didn’t buy yours separately) is free from your internet provider. Call and tell them you cannot watch streaming video. They will replace that old box(es) with a new powerhouse that will dramatically increase your bandwidth overall, woohoo!
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iPad users read this: There is a wonderful app called Puffin that you can download here. It’s designed specifically for fast video playback and may solve all kinds of issues you may be having. Also- If you find that the Wifi connection is spotty, switch to 3G or your cellular network instead.
If you are using a Mac, in your System Preferences click on Energy Saver and set the computer and display to sleep at a time greater than the class you plan to take. For Windows, right click on the desktop, click on Properties, click on Screen Saver and adjust the setting accordingly.
Contrology – “Contrology is complete coordination of mind, body and spirit.” (Return to Life, by J.Pilates) Joe Pilates called his method Contrology, but it was his own name that stuck and is why we say, ‘I’m on my way to Pilates,’ instead of ‘I’m on my way to Contrology.’ We chose Pilatesology as our name as a reminder of Joe’s original name.
What is Classical Pilates? – Classical Pilates refers to Joseph Pilates’ original repertoire without added exercises, interpretation or blending with other methods such as yoga or dance. Classical teachers promote the style and principles taught by Joseph Pilates and his protege, Romana Kryzanowska. Joe’s original method is meant to be a vigorous workout that acts as a foundation to keep the body balanced and in peak condition for daily activities and sports. Classical Pilates promotes autonomy and independence so that students learn how to care for their own bodies rather than becoming dependent on an instructor or a piece of equipment. Classical Pilates views the body as healthy and normal, so that if you have an injury it is something you work around, instead of the injury being the focus of your workout.
Powerhouse – Joe used the term ‘girdle of strength’ or Powerhouse to refer to the muscles that are targeted in Pilates. All Pilates movements aim to engage the Powerhouse, and then, radiate that strength out to support the arms and legs. The Powerhouse is comprised of the muscles that support your hips and spine–the abdominals, back muscles, buttocks and inner thighs–the area an old fashioned girdle would cover.
Imprint – To imprint the spine is to lengthen and press each and every vertabra into the mat so that the spine becomes long and supported by the muscles that are used to imprint. Imprinting is key to many movements in Pilates because by lengthening out the spine on a regular basis we can avoid and undo many of the havoc wreaked on the body by gravity.
C-Curve – Creating the letter C out of your spine by curling your hips under and pulling your abdominal muscles back toward your spine–a movement that concentrates power and strength in your center while lengthening out your spine. This is a common action in Pilates.
Scoop – Scooping the abdominals in and up toward your spine. When you pull your abs in, you create a scooped feeling in the low belly. By hugging your abs into your spine, you provide a strong system of support to the spine as well as the vital organs. Weak abdominals can’t do their part to keep the body lifted against gravity and can be a common cause of back pain, poor posture and many other ailments.
Articulation – The rolling and unrolling of the spine. This articulation of the vertabrae of your spine creates length and is very important in the Pilates method. Joe wanted you to regularly articulate your spine, “You are only as old as your spine is flexible” he would say.
Mind-Body Exercise – Pilates is a mindful exercise. This is one of the reasons Joe didn’t add music to his workouts. He wanted you to listen to your body and pay attention. There is a growing body of research that shows that paying attention to complex movement helps to grow new brain cells and the comunication switchboard that tell our bodies what to do. “Contrology… reawakens thousands of dormant brain cells, thus activating new areas and stimulating further the functioning of the mind.” (p. 20, Return to Life by Joseph Pilates)
The Magic Circle is an example of Joe’s simple genius. Used to strengthen the Powerhouse, arms, legs and glutes, the ring was made from bands of tempered steel with wooden handles on the outside. It’s rumored that Joe used the steel hoop from a beer keg to construct his first Magic Circle. The magic of the circle is that it creates more stability in the body by engaging your Powerhouse when you hug it correctly.
The Foot Corrector does just what it’s name says, corrects your feet. It has two small heavy springs attached to a plate much like the one that you use to measure your feet for a new pair of shoes with a curved plate on top that you press down. With a series of stretching and strengthening exercises, feet become stronger and more flexible with improved proprioception.
The Toe Corrector is designed to restore the toes to working function and particularly to help prevent or relieve pain from bunions. It works by slipping a strap over a toe and then using the toe to pull on the strap and stretch a small spring. This action strengthens the supporting muscles in the entire foot and stretches the opposing muscles.
The Breath-a-cizer is a pinwheel type device that you blow on to practice proper breathing. If asked how you should breathe, Joe would always say, “Get all the air out.” By completely expelling all stale air, your lungs expand further on the next inhale and this action has many benefits, including increased lung capacity.
The Pedi Pole is a tall pole with a T on top from which springs hang down. The pole is set in a small wooden platform that the student stands on to work the springs with the arms. The straight pole represents your spine and by lining your body up against it the student is challenged to lengthen and move with control against the springs.
The Wall Unit or Tower consists of half of a Cadillac and a High Mat. It can be used to practice all of the exercises from the Cadillac except for those that require the overhead bars.
The High Mat is a padded wooden box that is about 3-4″ high. One end has handles that stick out to the side and the other end has a foot strap. The handles are used to open the chest and shoulders while the strap helps the body work as one piece during roll up exercises such as Neck Pull and provides stretch and stability during exercises such as Single Leg Circles.
This underused apparatus has a scary name but is fun to use. Two bars attached to the ceiling house springs that a horizontal bar attaches to like an H. The student must push the bar up or down while keeping the springs even. More advanced exercises on the Guillotine become more gymnastic, swinging under and through the upright bars.
The Pilates Barrels do wonderful things for the spine. The curves of the barrels are meant to correct the imbalances that happen to the body due to gravity and bad habits. Exercises for strengthening and stretching the whole body are performed on all three of the barrels.
The Wunda Chair was originally designed by Joe for his clients who wanted an apparatus they could use at home. If you turn the Wunda Chair over, it becomes an actual chair that you can sit in. He would design a full workout on the chair only for those who had one at home, otherwise it was used just for those exercises a student needed.
The High Chair is sometimes called the Electric Chair because of it’s medieval looks. Similar to the Wunda Chair with a tall back support and handles on the sides, it uses the heaviest springs of all of the apparatus. It is often used for strengthening and balancing the hips, glutes and legs.
The Arm Chair or Baby Chair is a low chair with a back that tilts forward and back and springs on the back. It uses the lightest springs of all of the apparatus and is commonly used to restore proper balance and strength to delicate students or those with upper body issues.
The Cadillac is sometimes referred to as the Trap Table or Trapeze Table. It gets it’s name for being the largest and perhaps most luxurious of the apparatus. WIth overhead bars that students can hang upside down in fuzzy straps from, to the trapeze like bars attached to springs to roll down with, the Cadillac provides a large array of exercises to choose from.
The Universal Reformer as it was originally called, is a bench-like system of springs and pulleys that provide support to the body to aid in strengthening, stretching and teaching control while creating a balanced musculature. As the student becomes more experienced, the apparatus begins to offer less and less support via the springs and repertoire so that the student is continually challenged.
The Jumpboard is an addition to the Reformer that was invented by Romana Kryzanowska, Joseph Pilates’ protege. Romana added the Jumpboard as a tool to help teach the proper connection to the Powerhouse when jumping. It is used only at the end of a class for this purpose, it is not meant to be used for an entire Pilates workout.
If you are new to Pilates, check out our Beginner Guide where you’ll find videos to get you started. Please use the following skill level explanation as a guide, keeping in mind that you should practice any unfamiliar exercises first with a Certified Pilates Teacher who can adjust the exercise to fit your specific needs.
- Beginner – The basics and fundamental principles of Pilates are introduced through movement. Note that often these classes are not ‘easy’ at all because you are learning proper alignment.
- Beginner/Intermediate – More complex movements, including some twisting, rolling and extension of the spine.
- Intermediate – Complex movements are faster with smooth transitions and increased range of motion.
- Intermediate/Advanced – Exercises that roll body-weight onto the neck are added.
- Advanced – Recommended for experienced Pilates students and teachers.
- Super-Advanced – Recommended for experienced Pilates students and teachers with a very high level of skill.
If you’d like to track your progress try our Self Assessment Test which is designed to give you a benchmark in which you can track your progress. You can do the the Self Assessment anytime but we recommend every two weeks.
Pilates is an amazing, complete, and corrective system of exercise, created by a man that George Balanchine called a ‘genius of the body:’ Joseph Pilates. A German immigrant, Joe came to the US in 1926 and settled in New York City with his partner Clara. There they ran his “Studio for Body Contrology” for 50 years until his death in 1967 at age 83. Clara continued teaching the method herself until she passed the method on to their long time student and protégé, Romana Kryzanowska.
As a child, Joe turned to exercise and athletics to strengthen his body and overcome asthma and other ailments. Always seeking to widen his knowledge, he studied many forms of exercise, and was particularly influenced by the classical Greek ideal of a man who is balanced equally in body, mind, and spirit. Joe was an avid skier, diver, gymnast, and boxer. In his writings he notes observing the movements of animals to learn how to move properly.
Pilates was NOT created for dancers
Among many myths is the idea that Pilates was created for dancers. Rather, Joe created his method on his own body and for men during World War I while interned by the British as an “enemy alien” in a civilian camp due to his German citizenship.
In Joe & Clara’s New York City studio, you might find famous boxers working alongside businessmen, opera singers, injured war veterans and prima ballerinas. But Joe often disliked teaching dancers because they tend to distort his method by over-stretching their joints. Dancers flocked to his studio anyway when they discovered how effective it is at creating the balanced, powerful and lean physique that they need. Joe was a friend to many famous choreographers, including George Balanchine, who sent 14-year-old Romana Krzyanowska to him to heal an injured ankle.
Pilates is different for everyone
Joe taught his method very specifically according to the client and would change the way an exercise was taught depending on what that body needed. Therefore, there is no absolute right or wrong way to perform a Pilates exercise, it depends on what your body needs.
Pilates Mat is the Purest Form of Pilates
You can call the mat-work the purest form of Pilates, since Joe created it long before he began designing his apparatus. You can do the mat exercises anywhere and they should only take about 30 minutes per day. Every client who came to his studio learned the mat and was expected to practice it at home between sessions. Joe would have you show him your mat in the studio so he could correct you.
Gravity & Opposition
Most of a Pilates workout takes place with your spine laid flat, either on your back or stomach. Joseph Pilates purposely used gravity in this way to correct the imbalances that make us slouch and shrink from being upright. Once the body is stretched out on the floor, the method then challenges the muscles that support the spine by lifting the legs, pumping the arms, rolling up, rolling down, twisting, arching, bending, etc… As a student of Pilates, the key here is to anchor your body to the floor where it touches and to stretch away from it everywhere else. You’ll create opposition in your muscles to make them strong and lean.
Another thing you’ll notice right away during a Pilates workout is your core muscles; Mr. Pilates called this area your “Powerhouse” or “Girdle of Strength” to illustrate the idea of where your strength should come from. To be specific, the muscles of the Powerhouse are your abs, low back, inner thighs and buttocks—basically the muscles that support your spine. By creating a strong center in your body you will see loads of benefits, including:
Increased height – As we go through life, our upright posture and habits allow gravity to compress our spine, leading to a loss in height. When you practice Pilates, your muscles strengthen and lift you up again.
Better flexibility – Each and every exercise in Pilates creates length and tone in your muscles. However, you can’t just go through the motions. To get the best results from your workout, you really have to “squeeze the juice out” out of each exercise. Take Spine Stretch Forward for example. First you inhale and stretch up to your maximum height, spine lifted as if your back is against a wall. When you begin to reach forward, exhale fully, engage your legs, flex your feet and pull your belly back to make your spine stretch as much as possible. When every last drop of air has been expelled from your lungs, inhale to roll back up, articulating each vertebra to lift yourself even taller than before.
Increased brain function – Pilates is different than many other forms of exercise because it requires the mind to pay attention to what you are doing. So instead of zoning out to a TV show on the treadmill, you focus on your body. Research shows that when required to think about how you are moving, your brain cells grow at a faster rate and your nervous system creates better connections throughout your body. Your mind and body become one; which is what Joe intended.
Grace and control – Joseph Pilates based much of his method on the powerful grace and efficiency that animals exhibit. Pilates will improve your coordination, and your awareness of the way you move, until one day with regular practice, you’ll find yourself able to move with natural ease and control without thought. This is the ultimate goal of the Pilates method.
Reduced back pain – When the muscles of the spine strengthen up and lift the vertebra away from each other, many people find their aches and pains simply disappear. There are many reasons behind this—less pressure on nerves, better lubrication of the joints, and an increased awareness of the habits that lead to pain in the first place.
Less illness – Pilates improves circulation in the body tremendously, especially to the vital organs. The first exercise in the series, The Hundred, acts like a water pump flushing the blood through the body like an ‘internal shower.’ This flush cleans the toxins, bacteria and other bad stuff out of your body on a regular basis. Joe said it’s like your immune system is a team of Firemen in your body. If the Firemen are always busy putting out small fires all over the place, when a big fire starts they’ll either be too tired or too distracted to get it out. You want your Firemen to be rested and ready to put out the big fires.
Better sex – Since Pilates brings vital strength and circulation to the torso and pelvis, it preserves and even increases function to sex organs.
Confidence – Beyond the physical benefits, one of the most rewarding changes you gain with Pilates is confidence. You might begin taking Pilates with the wish to ‘fix’ something about your body that you don’t like. Along the way to the fix, you forget what it was you were unhappy about and begin to appreciate how good it feels to fully inhabit the body you were born with. It’s exciting to be able to use your body to it’s fullest potential and when you’ve got vibrant health, looking great is simply a bonus.
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No. Joseph Pilates created his mat program long before he invented his apparatus and he taught the mat work to every client. The mat is the purest form of Pilates and builds independence, strength, control and flexibility in every body! We offer more mat classes than apparatus-based classes for this very reason–our site is meant to be an educational and motivational way to keep your practice going when you can’t get to a Pilates studio. If at some point you decide to purchase apparatus, you should take private lessons with a certified Pilates instructor first.
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