Getting the Most Out of Your Apparatus Workshop

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We joined Karen and a group of instructors for this workshop that delves deep into the topic of using your apparatus for maximum results. Listen in as they explore all of the apparatus, with a focus on the Reformer. You'll get an understanding of the best way to use the springs as well as key contact points on the equipment that make exercises more effective. You can find Karen at Vintage Pilates and for information on the next event planned by Amy Kellow of Everybody Pilates, please visit Classical Pilates Convention UK.

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  1. Jeri_McD 3 years ago

    My mind is exploding with fire works. I am very excited about the information I gained through Karen’s teachings. This training has heightened my appreciation of Joseph Pilates’ genius. I am looking forward to experiencing connection in my body through the equipment in ways I had never imagined. Cheers! Jeri

  2. verofrance 4 years ago

    thank you. very much. Really really interesting

  3. kasupark 4 years ago

    Thank you !!!! 🙂

  4. Tani
    Tani 5 years ago

    Hi Karen, Thank you for sharing this workshop. I’ll be seeing you this weekend in Vancouver at Noam’s studio and am excited to work through this content in person. Best, Tani

    • Karen Frischmann
      Karen Frischmann 5 years ago

      Hi Tani,
      Thanks for watching. I am looking forward to meeting you at Beyond Pilates! I have added some content to the workshop since this was filmed so I hope it will be both fresh and exciting for you.



      • Tani
        Tani 5 years ago

        Sounds great! Looking forward to it! I couldn’t help but wonder if you’ve had more time to consider the Wunda chair springs since this was recorded. 😉

  5. Luz Alejandra Lovern

    Thanks very much Karen, for the wonderful workshop; you made everything easy and simple. I am always understanding more how Joe Pilates designed and this apparatus in order to create the system that help to everybody. Great advice about the handle and is true, proved. springs, the Reformer how we move, the Cadillac how we support our body in order to get more from the Mat Work and of course the Wunda Chair specially the “Pull UP” my dearest one! great to see you here and hope to see you again very soon.
    Thanks to Amy, and hello to all my new Pilates friends that are participate in this beautiful Classical Pilates Convention in UK in 2014, where I meet to the new beginning to reach “Contrology”
    Thanks to Pilatesology.

    Great way to understand the “Know How” of the system. Thanks very much one more time Karen! you rock my friday afternoon here in Qatar!

  6. Jon Hawkins

    Great workshop, thank you Karen for sharing so much of your knowledge and experience. Though there was great attention to detail it was concise and really made a difference as I kept hitting pause to try out all the exercises and finding new depth in them.

  7. pilates07 5 years ago

    Really loved this workshop Karen, thank you! The close up of the slack on the long neck springs (around 13:30) was particularly interesting. Just want to make sure I’m understanding; is the spring bar intended to roll down as much as it did when you were demonstrating in the close up *every* time the carriage closes, or just shy of that happening? When the fellow was on the Reformer doing footwork (lucky guy!), it appeared the carriage was not quite closing enough for the spring bar to roll, whereas it did make that extra adjustment when he stood up and I’m not sure which is preferable. Thank you!!

    • Karen Frischmann
      Karen Frischmann 5 years ago

      I am so glad you enjoyed the workshop and I am glad you have brought the point up about the spring bar. The spring bar should not roll when you bring the carriage home. The bar rolling is actually dangerous because there is the potential that a spring could come off the hook. It is one of the reasons it is so important that students don’t “bang” the carriage. In my demonstration I was manually pulling the carriage in with my hands which is why the bar rolled. In practice like in the footwork demonstration on the video, the person’s weight and the control used to bring come home will prevent the bar from moving.

  8. Gretchen 5 years ago

    Great instruction. Will definitely need to watch a couple of times to get everything. I love the idea of the connection points. Also, my French Bulldog Calvin really enjoyed it as well. He sat on my lap for several minutes watching with me!

    • Karen Frischmann
      Karen Frischmann 5 years ago

      Hi Gretchen,
      I am so glad you and Calvin enjoyed the video!

  9. janie jennings 5 years ago

    Learned so mu ch that I had not been taught. Very good instructions, and easy to follow.

    • Karen Frischmann
      Karen Frischmann 5 years ago

      Thank you Janie,
      I am so glad you learned a few new things from the workshop.

  10. whitelions
    whitelions 5 years ago

    Always a delight to watch Karens teach………………… like sparklers…………… always deepening the work!!

  11. pilatesangel 5 years ago

    Thank you Alisa and Jack for sharing this workshop! So much wonderful information from Karen. I am so delighted to have the explanation in depth on the handles and proper use of them for rowing series. To see the use of the tower with one leg for building a connection for shoulder bridge is genius! Woo hoo! I cannot wait to “play” with my springs after this one!

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