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Pilates Avatar:  How it works

February 1, 2017

People have been asking me about what Pilates Avatar is and how it actually plays out in real life.  Watch this short video clip to see and then go to PilatesAvatar.com to grab an audio workout for yourself!  See how Pilates Avatar works in the real world, in real time! See how you can get better results and greater value out of your Pilates workouts. Stuck for time? See how Pilates Avatar can fit into your busy day @pilatesavatar.com.

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You Create Magic Moments

December 1, 2016

I really enjoy getting Pilates Intel delivered to my inbox every Wednesday and excited to let you know I will be writing more regularly in the publication.  Why not get it delivered into you email too?  Below is an introduction by Brett Miller and I invite you to read the full newsletter here!

....So now it is time to introduce today's writer - Clare Dunphy!

Not surprisingly, having this little inbox magazine called Pilates Intel has opened a lot of doors for me.  One of those open doors revealed the dynamite Clare Dunphy a little over one year ago.  Since then, we have developed a valuable friendship.  Clare has written some of the most popular Pilates Intel articles to date.  I believe the reason for this is the mix of generosity and wisdom which this lady is able to pack into everything she writes.  As you will see, today's article from Clare is no different.

But hey, I have good news for us all. So good in fact, that I have to put it in big blue letters:

Clare Dunphy is our newest Pilates Intel expert!

Yes, that means we will hear from Clare regularly.  She alone makes the subscription cost for Pilates Intel worthwhile, don't you agree? grinAnd while we are here reporting good news, I have a little more.  For the month of December, you can take advantage of Clare's audio Pilates service, Pilates Avatar,  with a two-for-one discount using promo code TIMEFORME.  Be sure to check it out!

Thank you for being a Pilates Intel subscriber and allowing me to appear in your inbox.  Have a great week.

Brett

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Bye Bye Beta!

August 8, 2016

Concluding the public beta for Pilates Avatar!

Thanks for being patient as we worked to develop the best audio Pilates experience possible for all of you. We’ve learned & evolved, and are ready to introduce Pilates Avatar to the world. Along with the end of the public beta come some exciting developments:

Simpler & Streaming-Only

First, moving forward, all of our workouts will be streaming-only. Previously purchased downloads will continue to work as always. New purchases, however, will only be available through our new streaming service. This means Pilates Avatar lessons won’t take up valuable space on your smart phone or tablet, and you can still access them anywhere you have an internet connection. And best of all, you’ll never have to mess with iTunes again to sync workouts to your phone.

Pilates Avatar on Your iPad!

This has been a request by many of you and we’re proud to roll out official support for streaming Pilates Avatar directly on your iPad. Just log into pilatesavatar.com on your iPad as usual, tap “My Workouts” and you're good to go.

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Lists Now Accessible to Everyone

Additionally, to help you make the best decisions for your lifestyle and workout needs, we have now made the exercise lists for all workouts public. That means you can see a breakdown of the exercises included in every lesson before you purchase. Now, you will have more helpful information you need to pick the best workout for you.

We hope these changes will better serve you as you work toward your fitness goals. 

Track your progress on social media, and be sure to tag #PilatesAvatar in your posts.To keep up with all of the new developments at Pilates Avatar, including new features, promotions and helpful tips, be sure to join us on social media.

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It’s the Height of Summer!

August 8, 2016

We're now officially in the thickest part of summer, and there is no better way to soak it in than to get outdoors. Everything slows down now, leaving you time to work on your fitness goals.

One great feature of Pilates Avatar is you can take the lessons with you anywhere. We're an audio program.  There’s no need to be cooped up inside a studio. With longer, warmer days, head outside and feel the grass between your toes as you perfect a pose. Pilates Avatar offers several workouts of varying lengths where all you need is a mat. Grab a matand your smartphone or tablet, and make your favorite park a pilates studio for the day. 

Summer is the time to rededicate yourself to fitness and set objectives for the remainder of the year. Pilates Avatar wants to support your goals. 

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Game Changers

July 1, 2015

Misty Copeland's promotion to Principle Dancer for the ABT - against all odds, starting late in the game, and with a fierce determination that all athletes have tasted - has inspired me today to hit my Pilates workout with a deeper sense of purpose.  I think of all her plies, passe's, and turns, practiced over and over again.  I think we Pilates lovers can relate.  I think of all the times we practice the Hundred, Teaser and the rest of the Pilates repertoire.  All that practice so almost like magic, without thinking about it, we move with economy, grace, and balance.  We start to hold ourselves noticably more regally.  We use our body to the greatest advantage, making the most of our strengths, counteracting its weaknesses, and correcting its imbalances.  This is Pilates:  Fusion of mind and body.  The paradox is that in order to produce an attention-free union of mind and body, we must constantly pay attention to our body while we are doing the movement.  And then we practice, practice, practice.  The magic doesn't just happen though, it's our "attention-paying" which is so vital that it is more important than any other single aspect of a movement.  Enter our Guiding Principles:

Concentrate on what you are doing with the entire body
Control every aspect of every movement – large motions & joint positions
Centering is the starting place and focal point
Flowing Movement outward from a strong center (Romana) not too fast or slow, not stiff or jerky
Precision of movement and precision of placement creates bodily fine tuning that carries over into everyday life as grace and economy of movement
Breathing full and deep in every exercise, properly coordinated with movement.  Breathe in on the point of effort, and out on return or relaxation.  Squeeze the breath out of your lungs during motions that squeeze everything tight, and inhale when you straighten up (ie. Spine Stretch) 

BUT it doesn't stop there!  The key is how we work inside the movement that matters.  It's like learning a new language of movement.  Enter the Game-Changers:

We find our center and our powerhouse in motion by drawing the abdominals in and up to make the distance between the lower abs and spine as small as possible.  No problem when we are lying down, but add it into each movement and it's a brand new world.

We find the posture of our head and neck in multiple postions without tensing our chest and shoulders. Lying down the point of contact to the mat should be somewhere near the base of the skull, producing length in the back of the neck (and strength in the front of the neck).  Now take it upright to sitting, standing and moving!  

We strengthen our necks by properly lifting our head off the mat in a way that stretches the back of the neck which helps anchor the spine into the mat (think Hundred and Ab Series) which translates into being able to hold out head higher all day long.

We distinguish the difference between relaxing and collapsing; the difference between relaxing and over-controlling or over tensing.  This stress-free movement is found by relaxing the muscles while maintaining enough tone to hold the position we want.  Think quads overtaking the job of other muscles.

We stretch our arms and legs without locking the elbows and knees.  We figure out how to reach the arms long from our shoulders and to stretch the feet long from the hips.  

We learn to sit up out of our hips.  Our chest is pulled up and our head is sliding up an imaginary pole so that our back is not arched, we can find an extra bit of straightness and uprightness that comes from lifting the lowest part of your abdomen, as if we are stretching our naval away from our hips.

We discover the cure for flaccid gluteal muscles, a chief culprit for poor posture and an ungraceful stride.  It is as simple as pressing the buttocks together as if squeezing a dime between them.  When standing up our thighs should turn slightly outward and the front of the pelvis is flat and open.  It works like a charm and beats incessant reps of large strenuous leg exercises which miss point.

We find a two-way stretch in all movements, reaching the arms from the lower back in one direction while reaching the legs from the lower back in the opposite direction.  

We roll and unroll the spine without jerking the body, one vertebrae at a time.  And if we are stiff, instead of cheating, we use our arms to help.

A famous composer once wrote:  Repetition is a form of change.  So we practice the same exercises day after day and discover that we are always finding our body - on new levels, with new depth and insight.

If you are looking for a way to supplement your lessons,  try my new program Pilates Avatar .  If you are a studio owner or manager, learn how you can bring this program to your studio!

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