Pilates Guillotine Overview with Pilatesology's MeJo Wiggin

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In this Guillotine overview video, MeJo takes Miriam and Alisa through some of the exercises that can be practiced on the versatile and exhilarating Guillotine or as Joe called it, the “Gym in a Door.” Using the sliding bar in the center of the apparatus is a challenge because you have to work evenly to keep the bar straight. Despite it’s ominous name, this fun and somewhat rare apparatus never fails to bring a smile to the lucky body who gets to play on it. Basic skills taught include: Tower. Monkey, Teaser, Semi-Circle, Side Bends, Stand Leg Stretches, Tense-o-meter for the neck plus alternate exercises for those with weaker necks, Standing Arm Series for the men, Squats and more. Filmed at Alycea Ungaro’s Real Pilates™, New York, NY.

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  1. nicolefrederic 2 years ago

    Of course now I MUST have a Guillotine!!! Mejo is such a gifted teacher. Love watching all her videos. This tutorial seriously has me measuring space at my little studio. Thank you, Mejo for your wonderful instruction:) Very grateful for Pilates.ology.

    • MeJo Wiggin Author

      Thanks Nicole! I’m so glad you enjoyed this class. You will love having a Guillotine, it’s like having a playground in your studio! Everyone loves the Guillotine.

  2. Mary
    Mary 4 years ago

    Well now. not sure where this has been all my pilates life. This is a GREAT lesson.

  3. soul_eil

    Just watched this again , and as much as I got out of it the 1st time, I again got even more out it this time. Thank you again to MeJo, Miriam and Alisa

  4. choi
    choi 5 years ago

    thank you.

  5. Nicole Smith 7 years ago

    Wow, that was great!!! I want a guillotine and a neck stretcher!!
    Thank you!

  6. Melanie Petri
    melanie 7 years ago

    This is so beautiful and so inspiring! Thank you so much. I will watch it again and again….

  7. Fabulous workshop, Mejo! And Miriam – you are so beautiful and so lovely to watch as you show us all this work with Mejo. You have such a quiet and sincere enthusiasm for Pilates that shows in each exercise you perform. Great!

  8. Kara Wily
    Kara Wily 8 years ago

    Oh my God! Mejo you are the bomb. Awesome work Miriam and Alisa thank you for the many pearls!

  9. Junghee Won
    Junghee Won 8 years ago

    Great review for me about Guillotine! I got some new info from what I learned from Romana in this. Thank you Mejo. Mejo has got even stronger voice and energy like Romana. I can hear Romana’s energy voice through her. This is incredible teaching. Surly, Mejo has studied with Romana for long time as I can see from her teaching. She uses great energy and simple clear cuing without too much explanation just like Romana. What I love about Mejo’s teaching is that she really teaches using body correctly for the person. Not about teaching just techniques to the person. There is a difference. And I love her cheerful energy with trust to the person. This is how the real good teachers do and all Pilates teachers have to learn not only technique. Again, THANK YOU MEJO.

  10. joesmat 8 years ago

    Alternative Neck Stretcher exercise. Towards the end, the exercise you had Miriam (sp!) demonstrate that you use for older ladies, is this your own innovation? It is very effective.
    Thank you very much.

  11. Ynowak 8 years ago

    Ok, my new mission is to find a way to get on the Guillotine!

  12. soul_eil
    soul_eil 8 years ago

    THANK YOU!!! I just got a guillotine and and haven’t had an opportunity to use one at another studio, so I’ve just been playing around with tower stuff, and after watching Romana’s DVD, It all seemed to advanced for me, this really gave me what I need to start to feel comfortable, and seriously challenged!! YAY!

  13. DKimbro 8 years ago

    Pilatesology gets better and better everyday! Thank you MeJo, thank you Alisa – that was fun!

  14. lghammerle

    A lot of great information! Thank you!

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