Fall 2021 Level 3 Pilates

This is the SECRET PAGE for Level 3 students in Fall semester 2021; please don’t share the page or the links with other people. I’ll update it each week, after class has occurred.

How to get to the Zoom class (same info for all classes for the entire semester!)

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Joe and Clara sitting on a Devana — this was a cover that went over a reformer to make it more of a chaise lounge in your home. The barrel at the end was functional!

Week 10

This week’s class sprinkles in some new challenges & tricks:

  • The option to *Press*Your*Straight*Legs*Down* in several exercises. The point of this: actively using the BACK BODY. That’s easier using the Gas Pedal technique YET….your eventual goal is to fully extend your legs while pressing them down. 
  • The option to use Upper Body Prop Position with the ball at the tips of the shoulder blades. The point of this: getting your upper abdominals to manage the weight of your bowling-ball head, If you get into this position and your neck grips, that means: your abs are fatigued! Time to lay down on the mat with the head propped on the ball.
  • Single Leg Circle Sneaky Hip Activation. 

CLICK HERE for the week 10 video

Week 9

This week’s workout uses “palpation tricks” to get sleepy muscles to kick in, as well as MANY versions of 100 breathing.

CLICK HERE for the week 9 video

Pilates Christmas cards! I love the one where Clara is telling Joe to hinge more and reach those arms up and back.

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I hear this was taken at a big birthday party for Joe. They clean up nice!

As promised: the NYTimes article about the Viking coins: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/12/world/europe/medieval-french-coins-poland.html?


Did Joe come up with the Book Exercises first…or the version that’s done on his fabulous Wunda Chair? Either way, we use this “candy cane” position again and again!

My sleuth-friend, Elaine Ewing found more archival Pilates pics and articles! The focus of her posts today was using Pilates apparatus to increase vocal endurance and projection. While we were talking about it on Facebook, one of our Pilates teacher friends said, “oh yes, when I was 14 and singing in The Sound of Music, Roberta Peters taught me Mr Herman’s breathing techniques AND Mr Pilates’ breathing techniques.” (for the Opera fans in the house, this is SO cool — Roberta Peters is a legend!)

Click here for some fab articles about famous voice coach William Herman with pics of Pilates equipment

Click here for fab articles about actress Mary Martin with pics of Pilates equipment

My newly organized fridge! Game changer items: lazy susans and stackable glass containers from Rubbermaid that all use the same size lid.


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Internationally acclaimed opera singer Elaine Malbec using leg springs at Joe Pilates’ studio in NYC.


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Elaine Malbin working on Spread Eagle on the Cadillac. Where else do we see this position in Pilates?


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Oh, cool — things we don’t often see in Pilates studios these days! See that fab hand-grab bar that Elaine is using while Joe gets her foot position just right? Who wants to make some of these for my studio???