Workout for Rock Climbers

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Join a world-class mountaineer in a Pilates mat workout that emphasizes his strengths without bothering a shoulder injury he’s dealing with. Mark Richey is 56 and started Pilates a short time ago to relieve low back pain and has found it invaluable for competing with the 20 somethings in his sport. The last 10 minutes of this workout takes place on the Cadillac--if you don’t have apparatus available, the mat gives a great workout. Visit Clare at Progressive Bodyworks and explore her new program for studio owners: Pilates Avatar. 

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  1. AHORRY 4 years ago

    Clare I have heard sooo many lovely things about you… Love your teaching your cues really helped open up my hips…we need to cross paths one day x thanks for bringing the method back to life working with real men who need it so much! Thanks to Mark as well????

    • Clare Dunphy Hemani Author

      AHORRY, Thanks so much for writing in! Real men need real work for sure! Mark is humble, but serious as you can tell, and he would never have me boast his climbing achievements. When we first met his only goal was to keep climbing at the level he wanted. That was it. Period. And he is climbing better then ever and injury free. Thanks for watching and commenting….Pilates works:)

  2. Niedra Gabriel
    Niedra Gabriel 5 years ago

    I just got back from a long plane ride and needed some good old fashioned basics.
    This workout was perfect for me. Thank you.

  3. Kara Wily
    Kara Wily 5 years ago

    I have wanted to study with you for a while. I just finished a 9 day rock climbing course, (and a bad cold). I was determined to get back to moving today and found this video! The curing you gave with single leg stretch helped me with a pain I have yet to resolve in the front if my left hip. Also open leg rocking just going to tips of shoulder blades helped keep the work deep, I’m going to try to resolve the finishing moves on the mt. Good to work with you and looking forward to More!

    • Clare Dunphy Hemani Author

      Hi Kara! So glad to hear from a lady rock climber and equally thrilled to hear that you found this video right when you need it. The universe is amazing that way. I am sure our paths will cross in the near future:)

  4. Clare Dunphy Hemani Author
    Clare Dunphy Hemani 5 years ago

    This gentleman is so focused and I couldn’t agree more that it’s nice to see men doing Pilates!

  5. Ynowak 5 years ago

    Great video with a real client. Loved all the pushes and pulls on the mat.

    • Clare Dunphy Hemani Author
      Clare Dunphy Hemani 5 years ago

      Ynowak, Mark is an amazing client since his mind is focused and sharp and he has a good intuition about his body. It’s nice to see real clients in action right? Thank-you and Thank-you for letting me share!

  6. joesmat 5 years ago

    We don’t see enough men doing Pilates nowadays do we!
    This Gentleman is so focused.

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