Explore the benefits of working on the Reformer for the older adult in this interactive workshop, developed by the MERRITHEW™ team. Despite decrements associated with aging, the ability to adapt to endurance and strength training is well documented. The Reformer provides widely variable spring tensions to address both upper and lower body as well as core training. Modifications of exercises and considerations for limited mobility and strength issues are discussed with a view to enhance core stability, increase lean muscle mass, increase range of motion and improve body awareness.
Fitness and Pilates instructors meet a variety of clients who are restricted in their movements for a variety of reasons. Often, spinal flexion is contraindicated due to osteoporosis, lumbar disc issues or a number of other concerns. Learn how to modify Pilates exercises in a range of intensity levels to create workouts that achieve the primary goal of limiting flexion while providing an effective full-body workout. Small handweights, Stability Cushions and the Flex-Band® Exerciser are used to increase upper body resistance while further challenging the stability of the torso in a neutral alignment.
The medicine ball is a staple in any traditional fitness routine. Now, learn how you can use this simple prop to add the elements of intensity and challenge to your Pilates workout. This innovative program developed by the MERRITHEW™ team, takes tried and true STOTT PILATES® Matwork moves and mixes them up with the portable weight of the medicine ball – resulting in unique variations and dynamic combinations sure to give a boost to any fitness routine.
In this workshop, developed by the Merrithew Health and Fitness™ team, learn how the Fitness Circle® can bring variety and challenge into group or private reformer settings. Add more challenge to adductors and abductors of the peripheral limbs as well as assist in activating the core. The resistance ring reinforces correct muscle firing patterns and helps ensure correct positioning while adding an element of fun and variety to each workout.
Learn the specifics of scapula alignment and movement analysis, as well as application of STOTT PILATES® mat and Reformer exercises. You will learn the correct placement and movement patterns of these floating bones and how to identify dysfunction. Find modifications and cues to help encourage correct stabilization and motion.
This workshop, created by the MERRITHEW™ team, explores
the integration of fascial connections in STOTT PILATES® training. Learn to use
the Stability Barrel to support full-range, multidimensional movements that
unlock the body’s potential as a system of movement. When inverted, the
Stability Barrel can sustain full body weight, to target balance and control.
The padded gentle curve on the opposing side provides a platform for support
and proprioception and allows for preparatory counter-movements in full-body,
flowing sequences.. With a focus on multiplanar form and function, this programming
helps create deeper mental focus and the concentration needed to develop core
strength, increase flexibility, and achieve greater balance and kinesthetic
In this workshop, developed by the Merrithew Health and Fitness™ team, participants learn innovative new programming on the Reformer and Cardio-Tramp® Rebounder. The workout, designed to stimulate both cardiovascular and muscular effectiveness is ideal for both the recreational and professional athlete. Discover how to combine progressive plyometric intervals, varying both in length and intensity, with muscular strength and endurance moves on the vertical mini trampoline. The routine features non-traditional Pilates exercises that use the incredible diversity of the Reformer to effectively train both concentric and eccentric muscular ability.
This fluid dynamic workout, developed by the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ team, includes sequences of movements that transition gracefully from one to the next. The Mini Stability Ball™ brings awareness to the deep stabilizing muscles of the body throughout this flowing workout and encourages focus on core connection and peripheral suppleness. Combining balance, strength and fluid mindful movement, this routine will bring a sense of composure to any group or personal training environment.
This ZEN•GA workshop incorporates the latest findings in fascial research. It is thought that the myofascial lines act as global tension complexes that simultaneously stabilize, transmit forces, preserve joint integrity and allow for coordinated movements throughout the skeletal frame. The Arm Line Exploration uses the four arm lines as a map to begin to understand these well documented myofascial continuities, to stimulate awareness of our three-dimensional structures and to “see” or sense the arm lines experientially in the body. These simple exercises can also be a helpful guide for approaching global movement patterns when faulty movement compensations exist. Tactile feedback and support tools (Mini Stability Ball and Flex-Band) add imagery and gentle resistance to improve tone, proprioception and circulation. The Exploration is followed by a dynamic Flex-Band Arm Line Workout designed to further build on the concepts of myofascial continuities using Flex-Band resistance with coordinated global movement patterns to seamlessly integrate the arm lines into the entire body.
Enhancing upon positions in ZENGA™ V2 Vinyasa Level 1, this level 2 program increases the demands on the neuromyofascial web, improving strength and stamina. Developed by the MERRITHEW™ team this program incorporates the ZENGA™ mindful movement principles into this unique routine, focusing on fluidity and stability of the joints and clarity of the mind. Coordination and strength are challenged with longer static holds against the Reformer’s spring resistance, resulting in overall improved fitness.
Learn programming to improve the strength and stability of hip, knee and ankle joints in both supine and standing positions in this workshop developed by the MERRITHEW™ team. The use of a Jumpboard with the Reformer allows the hip joint to be closer to an anatomically neutral alignment when transferring forces from the soles of the feet up through the body, promoting good biomechanics of the entire lower kinetic chain. Increased spring resistance emphasizes strengthening of the arms, shoulder girdle and legs.
This high-energy four-hour workshop, developed by the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ team, is a great opportunity for Instructors looking to bring music-inspired movement to their clients. Following the class template used in the Total Barre Foundation Course and with the same level of intensity, Instructors learn unique choreography to create a biomechanically well-balanced and fun Barre program. Incorporating light props such as the Flex-Band®, Mini Stability Ball™ and Toning Balls™ gives Instructors more flexibility for their clients in an hour-long, endurance-focused class. A recommended play list of music is provided, as well as suggested beats per minute for each segment, so you can build on this and select your own music to create theme-based classes (i.e. Disco, Acid Jazz, Reggae, and Salsa etc).
We will review the anatomy of the knee and give a closer look at the patellofemoral joint. Look at why the knee can end of being the "weak link" in the leg, making the hip and the ankle do more than their fair share of the work. Finally, we will explore what Pilates offers to emphasize knee alignment and strength.
Expectant and new mothers alike will reap the myriad benefits of exercising with music in this unique Total Barre™ program. Not only will this workout keep new moms and moms-to-be moving, but the plus of moving to music will help tackle self-image issues, reduce stress, combat postural and muscle imbalances, and increase social interaction. Created by the programming brains at MERRITHEW™, the Total Barre template is used as the guideline in an appropriate workout for this very special population. Every move is designed to increase flexibility, balance, joint stability and pelvic floor activation all while boosting moods and lifting spirits.
More and more older adults are maintaining an active lifestyle, and exercise is an important aspect of this choice. The STOTT PILATES® Split-Pedal Stability Chair™ lends itself perfectly to those who are decreasing strength and mobility may not allow them to work out on the floor or supine on other equipment. Learn how the features of the Chair create a routine focusing on core strength and stability, postural awareness and alignment, joint mobility and balance. Specific exercises, developed by the MERRITHEW™ team, focus on functional activities like stair climbing and getting up from a chair.
In this workshop, created by the movement experts at
MERRITHEW™, learn how every aspect of choreography, from choosing individual
music to stringing together the perfect movements, will motivate clients and
deliver exceptional results. First, explore the initial steps in the
choreographic process including how to select music, hear counts and phrases
and develop a music vocabulary. Next, learn and practice techniques that
inspire clear, high quality movement sequences through positive verbal and
visual cuing. Finally, discuss and practice creating choreography that flows,
making learning, teaching and retaining choreography fun and easy. The Total
Barre templated segments provide an easy-to-use tool to create effective
full-body conditioning classes so that you leave this interactive session with
an 11-segment playlist, 4 new choreographed segments and one additional segment
created by you and ready for your next class.