Pilates Mat Workout for Tight Hamstrings with Kara Wily

Case Study: Extreme Inflexibility Part 2

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Join Steve in his journey back to flexibility. In this, his second workout back to Pilates, Kara works on correcting the imbalance in Steve's entire right side. He has always needed to hem one pant leg shorter than the other and tends to feel off-kilter with one side tighter or longer than the other. Kara's cues get his center back in action and radiate that strength out to his limbs to create an instantly taller, more relaxed posture. This class was filmed at Kara Wily Pilates in Los Angeles.

What Others Are Saying


  1. catedavies 4 years ago

    Really helpful to a student teacher, as one only sees DVDs of really flexible people. It can be very daunting to know how to teach beginners and adapt exercises to suit their bodies. We don’t have many ballerinas out here in rural Northern England! Big thanks to Steve for featuring on the video.

    • Kara Wily
      Kara Wily 4 years ago

      catedavies– Yes, As beginners you still kind of have to be a little cautious of asking for too much stretch, but as you work with the client you can add more pressure to get a little more from the body. Steve is still plugging away and even spends time in rural SC now working on a horse farm from time to time, so the movement helped!

  2. Kerry 5 years ago

    So good to see a “real” beginner. Cudos to him! I hope he has continued his practice!!

  3. AlyTower 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this type of session. It is very helpful to see clients that are not dancers and instructors. Most people have issues such as inflexibility, imbalances and weaknesses that limit them from doing some basic Pilates moves. I strive to learn how to work with these people. Thank You!


  4. Thank you Kara very nice work out again! Looking forward to your next one! 😉

  5. bethmastin85 8 years ago

    Helpful cues and nice sequence of excersises with stretches in between. Steve has nice mobility in shoulders than alot of men. Thoughtful and attentive instruction. Good work the both of you.
    Suggestion: bare feet for push ups or socks that have traction nubs on bottom. Less struggle in finding sure footing.

  6. Kara Wily
    Kara Wily 8 years ago

    Awesome. I remember Romana used to say that with really inflexible clients you can sit on them. Though I have never tried, I remember that when working with them because they are not delicate flowers and need the strong force to get something out of it. With Steve, even though he is so tight, he has NO pain, so I know that I can push him. Glad you liked it!

  7. fitnesspilates 8 years ago

    Really helpfull to me. I love the cues and spots, I will use some of this with my inflexible clients! Thank you.

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