Fix Your Hyperextended Elbows & Knees

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Do your elbows and knees bend backwards like a circus trick? In this quick tutorial Victoria Torrie-Capan and her student Brooke Chaffee show you how to activate your muscles so your joints can straighten without risk for malfunction. Once you learn this trick you can transfer that activation to your Pilates practice and daily life! Visit Victoria at Pilates on 66 in New York, NY where this video was filmed. Stay tuned for a workout that puts this trick into action!

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  1. Claudia 10 months ago

    Thank you so much Victoria and Brooke!!! This is super great!!

    • Victoria Torrie-Capan Author
      Victoria Torrie-Capan 5 months ago

      I am so glad you found it useful! Thank you!

  2. Avishag 1 year ago

    Victoria your tutorials are superb!
    Question regarding footwork on the reformer with hyperextended knees. What is the cues you will give someone on the reformer? Will you instruct the same foot activation, pressing the first and last metatarsal joints into the bar? Any other cue? Again, I really appreciate sharing your knowledge.

    • Victoria Torrie-Capan Author
      Victoria Torrie-Capan 5 months ago

      Hello! I am so glad you find the tutorials useful. Depending on the foot position but yes, the same concept applies to the lower chain of the leg as the in the hand described here. However because we are weight bearing and using more surface area of the foot I focus on different areas of pressure. In general my first focus is maintaining equal pressure of the first metatarsal throughout the entire flexion and extension of the knees and hips. With hyper mobility they usually shift the pressure off the ‘anchor’ which allows them to over use joints higher up on the chain. I believe I might discuss this in reformer workout addressing hyper mobility.

  3. Debbie White 1 year ago

    loved it thank you

    • Victoria Torrie-Capan Author
      Victoria Torrie-Capan 5 months ago

      Thank you for watching!

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