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How to take an online class

Eva standing beside the Cadillac trapeze tableHave you been wanting to try an online Pilates class but weren’t sure where to start?

Here’s a quick how-to, it’s simple!

All you really need is …

a laptop, tablet or smartphone and a flat surface.

 

  • When you sign up for a class, you’ll receive a link to the email address you used to register,  click on it in order to open Zoom to join the class by video at the scheduled time.
  • Any laptop with a camera and audio output, tablet or smartphone will do – although a larger display does make it easier to follow.

Essential comfort…

Although you can follow a class just on a rug or on the floor, a bit more comfort is generally better..

  • Pull out that yoga mat that’s been hiding at the back of your closet – you can even put two of them on top of each other or lay your yoga mat on a carpet or rug. Pilates mats are much softer and more padded.
  • If you’re on a tablet or a smartphone, some kind of holder is a good idea. I won’t list any here because that will vary depending on your device, but feel free to ask for suggestions, I can usually help with that. They’re not very expensive.

Beyond the basics…

If you’re really enjoying this, there’s plenty of room for a few (inexpensive) upgrades. (Note I’m using Amazon links here for simplicity, but you can get these props elsewhere online.)

  • If audio is an issue, a good pair of wireless earbuds will make following the class easier, especially if you have a lot of echo in your room.
  • We do use “props” in some classes, here are three that I use most often:
    1. A long foam roller (36 in): This thing is absolutely magic if you suffer from upper back tightness, have a desk job, spend hours hunched over an instrument etc.
    2. An “Overball“: Slightly deflated, it can work wonders for your mobility, increase awareness, and provide an extra challenge.
    3. A set of “Therabands” (or even just one): We use these to create resistance and assist certain movements, replicating some of the experience you might have on studio equipment such as the Cadillac/Trapeze Table or Reformer. Small, flexible and mighty, these inexpensive tools are incredibly effective.
That’s it! You’re ready for class – I can’t wait to see you there!
Click here to schedule a class and remember to use code “FIRSTCLASSFREE”

 

 

Knee pain and exercise: Yes or no?

Image of a painful knee

Ow, my knee HURTS! How am I ever going to exercise?

Got knee pain? Are you asking yourself “Can I exercise with knee pain?”

I’ve got good news for you:

YES! You absolutely can exercise with knee pain – in fact, you should!

Now, before you go and say “whoa, this is crazy”, let me clarify: You SHOULD exercise with knee pain. HOW you should exercise with knee pain, however, differs vastly depending on WHY your knee hurts in the first place.

The good news is that in private Pilates sessions, we can create a program that works for you, no matter what the reason for your knee pain.

But let’s get back to the why:

Your knees are just achy – no idea why

While you may want to back off high-impact exercise, some mobilization might actually be good for you. Why? Well, there are lots of reasons, but here are just three:

1. When you’re in pain, your small muscles tend to seize up. This adds to the pain. Loosening them up helps.

2. Moving your joints through the full range of motion available lubricates them, which also relieves pain.

3. Your knee pain could be caused by structural issues, such as weak feet. Working on realigning and strengthening your structures will definitely help in that case!

You have rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis

Here, you definitely should be extra-careful with overloading the joints, but it IS important that you take them through the full range of motion – every day, if you can! With RA, you also want to be careful not to overdo it – but with both conditions, it’s move it or lose it. You just have to do the “moving” the right way.

In carefully structured Pilates sessions, I can and will show you how to do so safely.

You’ve injured your knee

No matter how, why or when you got your knee injury, you will want to have that checked out by a medical professional. Depending on the diagnosis, one of two approaches will apply:

a) Avoid working out the knee, but exercise the rest of your body. (Hint: Pilates is PERFECT for this! We can target all sorts of things until you’re cleared to start exercising that knee. And once you are, we can ramp it up carefully so you wind up with stronger knees than before in the long run!)

b) Carefully work on strengthening the knee and the tissues that surround it.

You need knee surgery

Guess what – Pilates is perfect for this, as well! Seriously. We can work to carefully strengthen (notice a pattern there?!) the knee and the surrounding tissue. This will help in the run-up to surgery and also help you bounce back quickly.

You’ve just had knee surgery

Yes, even now, you should exercise! (In fact, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) recommends starting to exercise the knee the day after total knee replacement surgery!) Again, two approaches:

  1. You’ve been cleared to start walking and exercising the knee (i.e. released from physical therapy or your PT is willing to work hand in hand with me): We can – you guessed it – work to carefully strengthen and mobilize the knee.
  2. You haven’t been cleared yet: We can work against the cabin fever and work out all the rest of you – because Pilates lets you really target and isolate areas as well as providing full-body conditioning.

So if your knee hurts, there’s no need to sit there and pine: We can definitely work you out!

See you in the studio! Call or message to book your session and you’ll be “up and running” again in no time flat!

 

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