Winter 2021 Put a Spring on It classes

Joe at his Beckette NY cabin, exercising outdoors

This is the SECRET PAGE for the Winter 2021 Put a Spring on It students; please don’t share the page or the links with other people. I’ll update it each week, after class has occurred. You won’t have to search in your emails for links — they’ll all live here!

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

Week 3

Pre-workout, we added a pelvic floor release to boost inner thigh stretches. YES, your Pelvic Floor can be too tight and it’s a common occurrence in the Pilates profession. Too tight can cause: cranky back, tight inner thighs, digestive issues and…no more orgasms.

This Week’s exercise series begins in a standing position — feet parallel, split stance. (similar to this week’s mat class)

Single Arm Spring, high connection:

  • Stable Lunge + Stable Shoulder
  • Stable Lunge + Forward Punch
  • Split Stance Squat + Biceps Curl
  • Seated (same spring set-up) cross body rolldown
  • Seated Low Row
  • Seated Low Row with Torso Turn

Single Leg Spring, low connection

  • Stomping Ants – try it with and without the “gas pedal” position on the free leg. Big Difference!

Single Leg Spring, high connection

  • Straight Leg Pulldown – try it with and without the “gas pedal” position on the free leg. Big Difference
  • Stag

Click Here for Workout 3 video

Week 2

This week, we used 1 spring at a time, rather than 2 springs connected to the same anchor — it worked out well!

Main exercises for this week:

Kneeling, using 1 arm spring

  • 100
  •  Upper back rolldown variations
  • Low Row variations
  • Twist variations (here is where I found out: I’m weaker on my right side!)

Leg Springs

  • Supine Hi/Lo pulls with a stable pelvis
  • Supine Stomp ants
  • Supine Circles
  • Side-lying Stomp Ants
  • Side-lying Front/Back sweep with a stable pelvis

NOTE: Side-lying leg spring work requires a hand on the mat to help you stabilize. In mat classes, I’m encouraging folks to work on finding the stability from the lower leg…..but they don’t have a heavy leg spring attached!

Click Here for class 2 workout

Week 1 Winter 2021

In week 1, we’re getting the settings figured out! Tip: mark on your door frame with a piece of tape “shoulder height” and “knee height” — that’s where you want your anchors placed before class. With a single anchor, I’m going to avoid 2-spring exercises — they’ll be kinda annoying.

Main exercises for this week:

  • Standing elbow bends
  • Standing Arm pulls
  • Standing Biceps curls
  • Standing Shot Put
  • Side Lying Stomp Ants
  • Side Lying Parallel Circles
  • Side Lying Hi Low
  • Side Lying Foot Slides
  • Ending: Single Leg Kick

Click here for the Week 1 Workout

joe guillotine

Joe, adding his body weight to a student doing leg press on the Guillotine. Yeah, that’s some muscle work! Photo compliments of Sean Gallagher, Elaine Ewing, and JH Pilates Source™

joe and bathing beauty
Joe teaching a bathing beauty. (Courtesy of Elaine Ewing, Sean Gallagher and The JH Pilates Source™)

romana bicycle
Romana Kryzanowska performing Bicycle. She’s in her mid-70’s here!

romana side bend
Romana as a teen, working with Joe

Joe chair
Joe invented LOTS of different pieces of exercise equipment. The Wunda chair is quite advanced, as it supplies zero support for your spine — the student must provide their own support via the powerhouse.
airplane board
Famous opera diva Roberta Peters using the Airplane Board. Can you see how her feet are NOT level? The board highlights this, so she can work on right/left symmetry.

joe camping

Joe, working with dancers who need excellent balance. They’re all using their SEAT! That piece of equipment is called a Pilates Headress!

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