Splits Tips

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In this quick session Clare shares her tips for alignment, safety, tactile and verbal cues for the 3 splits used in the classical Intermediate Reformer repertoire: Side, Front, and Russian Splits. Visit Clare at Progressive Bodyworks and explore her new program for studio owners: Pilates Avatar.

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  1. alicia jerome 3 years ago

    This was a great video presentation and very informative of the splits. I took lots of notes.

  2. Reb 3 years ago

    Great video. Thanks.

  3. VL 3 years ago

    i learn a lots!!! thank you so much.

  4. Lavosky
    Lavosky 5 years ago

    I truly enjoy these mini workshops. The nuanced verbal and tactile cues have given me a deeper understaning of the exercise as well as how to effectively communicate this information to a client. Your discussion of clean transitions makes the splits series flow so nicely.

    Thomas Lavosky, DPT, Cert. MDT, PMA-CPT

  5. tanyapaty 5 years ago

    I so love all of these great mini workshops that focus on the details and work of the exercises. As teachers we need to be able to understand the intention to be able to address the body in front of us. Thank you Pilatesology! and thank you Clare for sharing with us your depth of knowledge.

    • Clare Dunphy Hemani Author
      Clare Dunphy Hemani 5 years ago

      Tanyapaty, I appreciate your remarks – it’s so great to hear that these mini workshops are working for you and hopefully others. As a teacher myself, I know it’s a lot easier to find a shorter block of time to visit Pilatesology, and then I can visit more frequently. Thank-you!

  6. oh gwang-taek 5 years ago

    This session is like art. Thanks~

    • Clare Dunphy Hemani Author
      Clare Dunphy Hemani 5 years ago

      Pilates is an art, and is art. Poetry in motion. Thank-you for sharing!

  7. Laska1 5 years ago

    Love the variations of saw

    • Clare Dunphy Hemani Author
      Clare Dunphy Hemani 5 years ago

      That’s a nice challenge, compliments of Romana!

  8. joesmat 5 years ago

    The Ballet Dancer Lisa makes the various SPLITS look easy!
    I assume the same cues for positioning would apply if we were doing these exercises on the mat. Now we seldom see the SPLITS taught in such detail
    for the Mat – Maybe next time Clare!
    Great Instruction.

    • Clare Dunphy Hemani Author
      Clare Dunphy Hemani 5 years ago

      Thanks JoesMat,
      The details, the details……don’t you love how the consistency of the cues are the same whether on the mat, reformer or anywhere in the System? I always appreciate your comments!

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