PrePilates for Back & Hip Care

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Join Karen for a session that builds strength with a focus on back and hip care. Working with Sandy, a 76-years-young active retiree with some back, hip and neck issues, she begins with pre-Pilates exercises on the Cadillac using several props to help him find his center and create space in his body for the work to come. Karen then continues Sandy’s workout on the Reformer, bringing into play the concepts established earlier. Sandy is quite new to his Pilates practice with Karen and has already outgrown many of the exercises he demonstrates in this workout. Watch for him again in 6 months for a follow up session to show off his progress! Filmed at Vintage Pilates, West Los Angeles, CA.

What Others Are Saying


  1. Jennifer Allen

    Thanks so much, Karen…even seven years later this class was so helpful for me to get ideas to teach my eighty-four year old client! I really appreciate it.

  2. amandaclose 2 years ago

    Loved this video and your teaching style.

  3. janie jennings 4 years ago


  4. cgallner 7 years ago

    Loved your workout. A little off topic but would you mind telling me where you purchased your Swedish bars from ? Thank you in advance!

    • Karen Frischmann
      Karen Frischmann 7 years ago

      Hi, I am glad you liked the class. The stall bars are made by Gibson and I think we purchased them through Norbert’s Athletic Products.

  5. KerstinK 8 years ago

    Just found “Betty” online and thought I post the info for everybody!!
    It’s called a C-shaper and is available from Balanced Body.

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Thanks Kerstin! I was just about to ask Karen for details on how to find Betty and you beat me to it.

      • Karen Frischmann
        Karen Frischmann 8 years ago

        You both beat me to it. Yes It is the C-shaper, but I think Betty is a much better name. Kerstin, I am glad you found her out in the world. It is such a great tool for those who need it.

  6. KerstinK 8 years ago

    Does anyone know if the “Betty” back support is available for purchase anywhere?
    I searched the net, but no luck, and I have several clients who could REALLY use this.
    Thanks for any pointers!!

  7. Thank you for sharing this great work out! Is it possible that the frog and leg circles on the Reformer were done on 1 spring? Many thanks I´m already looking forward to Sandy´s next work out! all the best

    • Karen Frischmann
      Karen Frischmann 8 years ago

      Hi, thanks for the reply. Sandy does his frog and leg circles on the Reformer on two springs.


  8. Leolady 8 years ago

    Karen your teaching style is so calmly powerful, almost zen,yet Sandy wowrked hard and is so inspiring! I bet he actually does his homework very diligently!

    I always love, and appreciate, the videos that show real clients with real ‘issues’- because this is what we all deal with in our studios everyday. Thank you so much for keeping it real. I look forward to seeing Sandy’s next video, but I hope you will please consider sharing some other sessions with real clients…? Thanks!

    • Karen Frischmann
      Karen Frischmann 8 years ago

      Thank you so much. I am planning some more real client workouts for Pilatesology next year, as well as a follow up for Sandy. I love having this forum available. It is a great way for all of us to share ideas. Karen

  9. Ynowak 8 years ago

    So informative! I work with a gentleman that has Parkinson’s and a more severe rounding of the upper back than Sandy and our sessions look very similar to this class. I got some good ideas to progress to with my client as he gets stronger.

    I wanted to ask a question to see if anyone has any ideas….my client’s chin is on his chest when sitting or standing. When lying on his back, I prop the head up and he can open up and get a stretch that way. Any thoughts for how to release the overly tight muscles at the front of the neck? And strengthen the overly stretched out muscles at the back of the neck? Thanks!

  10. Karen Frischmann
    Karen Frischmann 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for the comment. Sandy is awesome! I can’t wait to share the follow up video.


  11. pilatesangel 8 years ago

    Sandy is awesome!!!! Loved the standing work on the wall to strengthen the upper back for future extension/long box! We have a “Betty” too at our studio….they can be so great!
    Thanks Karen for sharing and props to Sandy!

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