Beginner Progression – Class 5 of 10

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The 5th workout in our series that builds your practice from basics to intermediate exercises introduces 2 new exercises: the Side Kicks and the Seal. Alisa Wyatt also adds more challenging versions of exercises you've been working on like a full Roll Up and a more difficult Teaser (as if it wasn't hard enough already!). Keep up the good work, you're building a strong Pilates foundation! Filmed at Pilatesology Studio in Hermosa Beach, CA.

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  1. mela 1 month ago

    Hi Alisa,
    I am following the beginners progression and I totally love it. I just have one issue with leg circles: the part of the hip that is engaged in the exercise produces a sort of snapping noise, as there is something that gets un-stuck at every repetition. It’s not painful nor particularly uncomfortable, but it doesn’t feel right, also because if I walk a lot I sometimes feel some light pain in the hip area. Any suggestions for modification of the exercise/additional ones that may be useful?
    Thanks a lot!

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Hi mela!
      Thank you for asking about your hip–please try modifying the exercise by making the circles on that leg much smaller. Think control instead of range of motion. Also, try anchoring the opposite hip to the mat to prevent any wobbling (put your hands on your hipbones to check). You may over time be able to go back to a bigger range of motion as things get stronger but don’t worry if it doesn’t change. You’re still getting all of the benefit of the exercise no matter the size of the circle. Let me know if that doesn’t do the trick!

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