Staying consistent can be a challenge to even the most dedicated individuals. Busy schedules, change in seasons, work obligations, family commitments and sometimes even, a swing in your mood or motivation can derail your fitness routine. It is our personal experience and firm belief that having a training partner or two helps to keep you on track. That being said, Pilates Detroit always welcomes our clients to bring a friend to their sessions for free. It is an amazing way to share the challenges and benefits of pilates with someone you care about. And it’s free!
Most runners get started with nothing more than a pair of shorts, a shirt and hopefully a solid pair of shoes. They set out with a watch to keep track of time, some headphones to listen to music and maybe a pair of sunglasses to protect their eyes. Maybe. That’s the beauty of running, it’s simple.
Well, that’s not really telling the whole truth. Running can be simple if you are blessed with amazing feet, a very stable core, and the mental strength to endure both the highs and lows that come with the territory. Seems like a very blessed person to have all of that going for them, certainly not always the case for many of us.
But…isn’t it possible that even if you weren’t born to run, or you never really tried to run beyond the mile your gym teacher required in the seventh grade, you could learn to run?
The answer is YES, you can learn to run, you can improve your running efficiency, you can modify your mechanics to reduce the risk of injury, and you can grow stronger both physically and mentally while doing it. For real!
At Pilates Detroit, aka Run Detroit, we have spent several years analyzing the gait mechanics of runners both on the treadmill and on the road. Using video and multiple measures of running form and posture, we are able to make gradual changes to your running mechanics. This allows us to improve your efficiency and reduce risk of injury. Additionally, our runners are given exercise prescriptions and self-stretching programs to perform independently.
Sign up now by clicking the orange button on the home page (Schedule with Allison) or browse our Pilates packages and select the “Running Analysis” option.
Dancers are some of the world’s greatest athletes. Many dancers begin to dance at a very young age and train year round. They perform with no other equipment or apparatus than their own bodies. Dancing requires excellent flexibility, strength, control, coordination, and endurance.
It would only make sense then that dancers condition their body, just like all other athletes, for their given “sport.” Pilates has long been a method for dancers to build their body in order to meet the demands of repetitive twisting, bending, reaching, squatting, jumping and lunging. The roots of many Pilates movements comes from dance, as the pioneers of Stott Pilates treated injured dancers on their original machines.
At Pilates Detroit, we are particularly interested in meeting the needs of our young dancers, those who are just coming into the “sport” and want to perform their best without getting injured. We offer small group mat classes along with equipment sessions for dancers to improve their core stability and flexibility.
Additionally, Pilates Detroit conducts screenings with individual dancers at the onset of the season. We give each dancer feedback on both their strengths and weaknesses and develop a stretching and strengthening program they can do on their own. Most importantly, we help them to develop their own personalized set of goals for the coming year.
What we are trying to do at Pilates Detroit as a pilates studio, running clinic and rehabilitation center is be more present and more grounded in our clients. If we feel more centered in our approach to fitness and wellness, we can then be more responsible for our place in the community and our obligation to improve it.
The beauty of pilates, especially on the machines is that each and every exercise can be modified. While some people may need adjustments to simplify an activity, others may need modifications in order to challenge themselves further.
Kneeling on a machine can be quite challenging, as you can see in the above picture. It requires a great deal of core strength and stability to be upright on the machine and imposing upper body movement on a steady base of support. This activity would most often be performed at an intermediate level of training.
For those who are not ready to kneel or find the postition uncomfortable, there are several simple modifications they can make and still receive maximum benefit from the exercise. Often clients will either sit on the edge of the reformer with their legs dangling over the side, or they will sit on top of the long box with their feet planted on the reformer.
In all of these scenarios, the essence of the exercise can be achieved but the approach will vary based on the specific needs of the individual. To make a very long story short, everyone gets a hard and safe workout, that challenges their core and embraces their unique body and abilities.