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Core Strengthening for Ski Conditioning

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Core | 0 comments

 

Pilates and CoreAlign® for Ski Conditioning 

Betsy Walker demonstrating an exercise on the CoreAlign® to simulate skiing

Many CoreAlign® exercises use muscle groups needed for Skiing..

Are you ready this year’s ski season ?  

Be Prepared by challenging your mind and body! 

What you need to know before doing any of the exercises promoted by trainers and athletes is to mindfully move your body using the correct muscle groups and proper body mechanics. After combing the internet to see what instruction is available for ski conditioning exercises, I failed to find this information.

Would you like to know how to engage the “core” muscles while doing your ski conditioning exercises? While most consider the “core” as “abs,” in fact they’re not. Rather the “core” muscles are the deep stabilizing muscles of the spine and pelvis, which include the diagram, pelvic floor muscles, multifidus, and transversus abdominis muscle.

Would you like to enjoy skiing your best for many years to come?

Since I hurt my back some 20+ years ago on the US Women’s Pro-Tour, I’ve stepped back to re-examine how I was conditioning and using my body. Around age 40 I realized that needed my body to carry me through life without misery. If you’re over 40 and worn your joints out, you know what I’m talking about.

Betsy Walker uses Pilates to build core strength

Betsy Walker Uses Pilates for Ski Conditioning

Has anyone ever taught you how to engage your core?

Actually, there’s more to it than you think. A tremendous amount of brain work with the use of specific breathing techniques is involved. I teach these concepts in the very first Pilates and CoreAlign® sessions because they work!

Your first step to learning how to engage your “core” is simple.

Take my free Odyssey Rx Self Assessment,  to see where you stand going into the 2014/15 ski season.

You will receive a special introductory offer to try Pilates or CoreAlign® and feel the difference!

You’re also invited you to explore some of the core muscles in my 5 Steps to Preventing Back Pain Series.

” Take the Journey Toward Greater Vitality and a More Active Lifestyle “

 

By Betsy Walker

PMA-Certified Pilates Teacher®

CoreAlignPilates.com

#pilates, #skiing, #snowboarding, #corealignpilates, #skiconditioning

 

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This is a must share to everyone in this country who cares about their health and their family’s health.

It seems there is a dangerous trend with our government agencies, unelected bureaucrats, and certain elected politicians insidiously taking away our freedoms and rights by disregarding our US Constitution.  Just recently the FDA, and we have to assume, the pharmaceutical industry has begun their war on the essential oil industry. 

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Betsy Walker is PMA-certified pilates teacher/business owner, user and promoter of essential oils, the daughter and wife of  entrepreneurs,  and mother of two young children.  She  passionately promotes health &  wellness .  She  reads and studies constantly,  and teaches by her own example.

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Pilates and fitness for Skiing and Snowboarding

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Core, Pilates, skiing, Snowboarding | 0 comments

 

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Hey all you fans of skiing and snowboarding here is an informative post from a fellow snow enthusiast and Pilates instructor.  Is your body ready for ski & boarding season?  

Pilates and Core Align training are the the perfect pre-season conditioning programs for skiing and boarding.  I know because I was a world class ski racer for many years.  It is crucial that you know how to access your deep core muscles and you have the flexibility and agility to avoid injury and enjoy a full season of fun.  I just got my pass and will be getting myself ready.  

Join me for a Pilates or Core Align intro session to see what amazing results this training can  provide.

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Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Core, Essential Oils | 0 comments

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Essential Oils have been around since biblical times but now the medical community is discovering Young Living’s 100% pure therapeutic grade oils are the key to staying young.

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Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Blog, Children, Core, Essential Oils, Family, Health | 1 comment

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Betsy Blandford Walker‘s insight:

As ones bones become more brittle, practicing mindful exercise is crucial. Certain types of exercises need to be modified or avoided to prevent fractures. Pilates is a perfect “weight bearing” exercise form. However, it is important to participate in a small group or one on one with an instructor who knows how to modify exercises for low bone density.  Be sure to ask for the instructors credentials and their training. You can find more information at http://pilatesmethodalliance.org.

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Posted by on May 3, 2014 in Bone Health, Core Align Pilates, Exercise, Injury | 0 comments

Today is Pilates Day! As I am hanging out with my daughter at Daisy camp outside of Gandby, CO -I am watching children at play, roller skating, rock climbing and archery to name a few. While noticing how girls navigate the new challenges given to their bodies, It is not surprising that as they grow and develop unnatural habits begin and lead to injury especially if they participate in sports. “Growth plate injuries account for approximately 30% of bone related injuries in children and adolescents(Caine, et al,2006). Injury to to the growth plate may lead to compromised bone development.”* It’s uncanny that I brought my brand new copy of [Pilates for Children and Adolescents.] As I read the forward I had the deep realization that we as Pilates teachers and parents have a great responsibility to bring the whole body conditioning and mindful movement practice to our children before they hurt themselves. Having attended a workshop by Brett Howard last May and seeing the absolute need in my own children I am planning on starting pilates for children with my own kids (11 & 7) this summer and in the future, teaching more children and adolescents the Mind Body practice of Pilates. I wholeheartedly encourage you all to do the same and to share your experiences, and lessons learned so that we all can start a movement of movement for our young people that will undoubtedly change their lives for the better and perhaps even motivate their parents to take care of their own bodies. Let’s celebrate this day and the value we have been given by our teachers and handed to them by Joseph and Clara Pilates with a new dedication to bringing Pilates to the youth.

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Betsy Blandford Walker‘s insight:

This article focuses on the neck which I can attest to personally as a practitioner and a teacher of the Pilates Method.  I know from my experience that the the results would be similar if not better for people suffering with low back pain as well. The strength and mobility that Pilates offers the spine and body is the key to maintaining a healthy spine. #corealignpilates #pilates #back #neck #pain #bwalkerpilates

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