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  • Book Openings

    Next up in our exercise series we have Book Openings! This is good for Book openings are great for improving mobility through the spine, particularly through the thoracic region.  This is also a great one to help stretch the chest and provide shoulder mobility. Things ...

  • Criss Cross

    Following on from Book Openings we have Criss Cross. This is good for Criss cross is a great exercise for our intermediate clients to challenge pelvic stability and to develop strength in the abs – particularly through the obliques. Things to focus on/challenges   Throughout Criss ...

  • Hula Pilates Exercise

    Next up in our series of Pilates exercises is the Hula! Things to focus on   Throughout the Hula, make sure you maintain a good connection through the abdominals.  While tempting to relax your head and shoulders back towards the mat each time you come back ...

  • Elephant, a Pilates Exercise

    Moving on from Hula we have Elephant, an exercise typically done on the reformer. Things to focus on   Maintain the pyramid shape through your body throughout.  The line from your head to tailbone doesn’t change as the legs move.  Before you start, make sure that ...

  • Diamond Press

    The exercise we will be focusing on in this post is the Diamond Press. An exercise which is perfect for counteracting the bad posture habits we pick up in our busy technology driven lifestyles. Things to focus on Maintain good abdominal connection throughout – this ...

  • Single Leg Stretch Pilates Exercise

    Next up we are focusing on the Single Leg Stretch. Things to focus on  Maintain feet at knee level throughout (as if sliding your feet out along a table).  The torso remains still – only the legs and hand position changes. Challenges  This is a ...

  • Grasshopper

    The next exercise in our series is the Grasshopper. Things to focus on   Ensure the abdominals are engaged/lifted throughout to provide support to the lower back.  Move the head up away from the floor first, working down the spine as you lift away from the ...

  • How to Do the Long Stretch

    Next up is the Long Stretch Pilates Exercise. Things to focus on   Keep your shoulders down and wide throughout this exercise.  Maintain a long line from the top of the head to the heels.  Avoid lifting/lowering the hips as you move the carriage in and ...

  • Downstretch – Pilates Exercise

    Following on from the diamond press we have the downstretch, an exercise which requires a considerable amount of control and strength, particularly in the upper body. Things to focus on ensure your abdominals and upper back extensors are continually engaged throughout the exercise. You should ...

  • Side Lying Single Leg Swings

    Following on from Side Lie Single Leg Lifts, we move onto Side Lying Leg Swings. Lying on your side is a difficult position to stabilise the body and makes this exercise a challenge for the abdominals.  When performing this exercise you must ensure you are ...

  • Single Leg Slides

    Single Leg Slides, like Chest lifts and Dead Bugs, are another good starting point for those new to Pilates. Whilst performing Single Leg Slides you are activating/strengthening your deep abdominals and hamstrings as well as increasing your pelvic stability and body awareness. How to do ...

  • Chest Lifts

    Chests Lifts are another foundational Pilates exercise. It strengthens the abdominal muscles and helps develop pelvic stability and control. While Chest Lifts resemble the crunch, the pace is much slower. This means movement is driven by the strength of the abdominals and the position of ...

  • Get the best start in our Beginners Pilates Classes

    Our Pilates Beginners Course Has Changed

    Throughout the past few months there have been many changes at PilatesCan including our Pilates Beginners Course.  Originally a 6 week course, you now progress through the foundations of Mat Pilates in 4 weeks.  You will then be ready for the intermediate Pilates Mat exercises ...

  • 8 Principles of Pilates

    Key Principles of the Pilates Method

    Pilates may seem like a new phenomenon due to its increasing popularity over the past decade but it has been around since the early 20th century. Taking its name from its creator Joseph Pilates, it was originally developed to help German soldiers recover from injuries ...

  • Side Lie Single Leg Lift

    Today’s exercise is the Side Lie Single Leg Lift which is help’s achieve pelvic stability and is good for the obliques. Lying on your side is the most difficult position to stabilise the body, so this is a great way to start challenging the abdominals ...

  • Deadbugs Exercise

    Here at PilatesCan we love everything about Pilates and enjoy spreading this love to as many people as possible. Which is why we’re starting a new blog series looking at specific exercises that can easily be done at home. First up is Dead Bugs! This ...

  • Post-Natal Pilates Testimonial

    “With these Pilates Post Natal sessions, I am starting to feel like my old self again” “It’s amazing what a difference this Pilates post-natal class has made.  I am already feeling much stronger, more connected” Just some of the comments heard from our participants by ...

  • Kirrilly teaches Pilates equipment sessions at PilatesCan

    Meet Kirrilly: Principle Pilates Instructor

    One of our Principle Pilates instructors, Kirrilly has been with PilatesCan since 2004, back when we were called Pilates Manuka. Having experienced the benefits of Pilates for injury rehabilitation first hand, Kirrilly was inspired to change careers. Kirrilly is passionate about spreading awareness of the ...

  • PilatesCan Flash Sale

    Flash sales offer a 50% discount to new starters who would like to try out a couple of our mat Pilates or our Pilates Fit session. If you are quick enough you will be able to purchase your 50% discount here. Once the flash sale ...

  • Post Natal Pilates – at PilatesCan

    “With these Pilates Post Natal sessions, I am starting to feel like my old self again” “It’s amazing what a difference this Pilates post-natal class has made.  I am already feeling much stronger, more connected” Just some of the comments heard from our participants by ...

  • New: Get the PilatesCan App

    Get Our App PilatesCan and Fun & Fitness have a new App for Client Session Scheduling & Management which can be downloaded by clicking the button above. You can read more about how to use the app in the client centre. Thanks for your patience during ...

  • Pilates Exercises for Shoulder Pain

    Shoulder pain can be a potentially serious condition affecting your sleep and daily life, and if left untreated, can move to your neck and back. In this article, you’ll learn how pilates can relieve shoulder pain. With the right exercises and treatment this pain does ...

  • Starting Pilates is great for dancers in Canberra

    Benefits of Pilates for Dancers

    Dancing and Pilates have long gone hand in hand. When Joseph Pilates first took his method to New York, some of his first clients were dancers. Today Pilates is a core part of many a dancers training, with Darcey Bussell, Marc Cassidy, and the Australian ...

  • Starting Pilates is great for runners in Canberra

    Pilates for Runners

    We have all heard about the benefits of running and how it can help you: Lose weight Increase lung function & Boost your immune system to help prevent disease However, while running can do wonders for your overall health, it can also play havoc on ...

  • Starting Pilates is great for swimmers in Canberra

    Pilates for Swimmers

    What do Olympic swimmers Libby Trickett, Eamon Sullivan, and Geoff Huegill all have in common? Well apart from the obvious, they have all incorporated Pilates into their training. Another former Elite swimmer Leanne Wright, is training with us at PilatesCan as a Pilates Instructor at ...

  • Pilates is great for rehabilitating back and neck injuries

    PilatesCan fix your back and neck

    Pilates has long been used as a form of rehabilitation, with Joseph Pilates himself developing it to help injured soldiers. However it wasn’t until the 90’s that Pilates became more commonly used in the rehabilitation of injuries, with many physiotherapists and orthopaedic surgeons recommending it ...

  • How to engage core muscles during pilates?

    The core muscles are pivotal to achieving a stronger body using the Pilates method. Pilates strengthens the core through three basic steps (Segal, Hein & Basford, 2004): 1. Strengthen core muscles through coordinated breathing and movement Developing and achieving a sound breathing pattern is crucial ...

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