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Walk-ilates Begins At Rhinebeck Pilates!

Posted May 10 2009 10:01pm
We are so excited to start the Hudson Valley's first ever Walk-ilates Class at Rhinebeck Pilates this summer!The first class will be at 5pm on June 1, 2009.More info and details are listed at the bottom of this post.

This year I went to Ellie's Herman's Pilates Studio in Brooklyn, NY to obtain my Walk-ilates Certification. Ellie is a really fun and cool teacher, so full of pilates, physical therapy and body knowledge so this was a really informative and innovative certification class! By the end of the class my brain was filled with gait and proper walking biomechanics knowledge, massage techniques with the foam roller, pilates exercises that are great for supportive walking, and info on MBT shoes. Needless to say, it was a long day! And now I can't wait to pass this all along to you in my Walk-ilates class.

What is Walk-ilates?
A Walk-ilates class combines pilates exercises and stretching with walking (cardiovascular exercise). The class begins with a half-hour session of pilates exercises and stretching to warm up the whole body. Because pilates strengthens the core muscles, the pilates exercises taught in a Walk-ilates are essential to carrying the body properly while walking. In addtion, with use of a foam roller, the legs are stretched, massaged, and ready to move free from tension and with ease.

The second half hour of a Walk-ilates class is a walk outdoors, with a different route chosen each week. Students are taught how to walk with proper gait and how to fire the proper muscles to get the most out of walking. Students will be given individual corrections and instructions tailored to their own unique bodies and ways of walking. Special and fun walking exercises will also be given in each class.

Type of Sneakers Needed for Class
MBT shoes are recommended for a Walk-ilates class, though regular athletic sneakers are fine. MBT shoes are special sneakers that create a slight instability by allowing the foot to roll and rock with each step. This forces the body to use the deeper intrinsic muscles to stay balanced, and the skeleton to find its plumb alignment, which puts the pelvis in a more neutral position. This can help correct alignment issues and compensation patterns. Students who wear MBT shoes notice enhanced work in the buttocks and legs while walking, thus the nickname of MBT shoes is “the anti-cellulite shoe”.

Benefits of Walking, Pilates, and Walk-ilates
Walking can reduce the risk of many diseases, from heart attack and stroke to hip fracture and glaucoma. Walking prevents depression, constipation, lowers stress levels, and relieves arthritis and back pain. Walking is also an excellent way to manage body weight.

The Pilates Method is a form of exercise based on strengthening core muscles. The abdominals are the primary stabilizers of torso while walking, so doing pilates before walking is key to training the body how to move properly, with strength and ease.

The emphasis on proper gait in a Walk-ilates class teaches the students the necessary corrections they need to use their whole body, especially the feet, legs, and core to get the most out of walking. Common gait mistakes are locking the hips, knees, or ankles, leaning back with the upper body, and rotating the feet too far inward or outward.

This will be a fun and energizing class! Bring your friends! Even after just one class, you will have new information about walking, and even running, that you can take with you when you continue your own cardiovascular training at the gym or at the track.

Walk-ilates at Rhinebeck Pilates

10-week Walk-ilates Class

Mondays at 5pm, June 1- August 3

$20/class, $150 for all 10 classes

If you have any questions, or if you'd like to sign up, please call or email the studio:

Phone: 845-876-5686

For more information on Ellie Herman's Walk-ilates Program and Certification:

For more information on MBT shoes:
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