loving the 100’s

This week we’re heading into our second Pilates video. This is an exercise you either love or hate’ the 100’s.  Am I right?
I want to share a little imagery that I use that makes me look forward to this great exercise.
You can practice this imagery without ever leaving your seat or try next time you’re in class.
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below about what you love about the 100’s and what imagery you might do.
Stick around for the end of the video for some archival film footage of Joe Pilates getting his groove on.

4 Responses to loving the 100’s

  1. Peg Bishard June 13, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    The imagery in the 100’s and more has helped me a great deal in my workouts. It sure takes a lot of the pain away, keeping my brain engaged in a uplifting way. Loved the old footage of Pilate’s doing his muscle man pose. It gave me a great laugh.

  2. Maya June 13, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    Thanks for the feedback, Peg. So glad to hear that you are engaging the most powerful muscle in the body, the brain. You get what you think about. I’m working on levitating next 😉

  3. khita June 27, 2013 at 7:06 am #

    Hi Maya,

    Fun video. The reason you are able to come up so easily has to do with your rectus and obliques doing the work without you transverse abdominus. If you were using the transverse abdominus there would be no bounce or wiggle in your torsowhile doing the 100’s. Try contracting the transvers while in neutral spine first and then do your usual.

    • Maya June 27, 2013 at 8:50 am #

      Thanks so much, Khita. You can bet I’m engaging that deep transverse ab, beginning with that deep exhale I take, flattening the lumbar spine, and thinning the waist before I lift the legs and upper torso. I’m moving my head about to show how free my neck is. But I can always go deeper. Glad you enjoyed.

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