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Why Pilates Audios Are Awesome

Pilates Audios Are Awesome!

Pilates Audios from an experienced Pilates teacher with great verbal cuing skills can be much more effective and easier to use than videos. No neck strain, no video screen required, and you can even go old school and burn it to CD!

I have four Pilates audios for download: Pilates for Lower Back Pain, Pilates for Neck and Shoulder Pain, Pilates Basics Mat Class, and Pilates with Ring and Foam Roller. Each costs $10 and is about 30 minutes and offers a quick and easy way to incorporate Pilates into your life wherever you may be.

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Pilates Audios Have Clear Verbal Cues

It is important that audios have clear verbal cues, otherwise you will have no idea what you are doing, and could actually hurt yourself.

I have been told that my audios offer clear and to the point instructions, so you will always know what you are doing. This also makes them great for both newbies and Pilates teachers. New teachers will benefit from hearing new ways of cuing or modifying an exercise, while experienced teachers will enjoy a restorative Pilates workout with some possibly new and interesting cues.

Pilates Audios Are Inexpensive

My Pilates Audios are only $10. You download an audio file that you can play on any device or burn to CD. And you can do the workout as often as you like with no additional fees.

Check out the Rave Reviews and Buy Pilates Audios:

Pilates for Lower Back Pain:

I recommend this audio program to anyone looking to rid themselves from back pain and who does not wish to leave the comfort of their own home to do so. Lynda's voice is soothing and her instructions are crystal clear and so easy to follow!

Change your life like I am doing~ I have been following Lynda on my iPod for about a week now and am blown away by the difference it is making!

Simply put – Do NOT spend a dime on any books or videos to ease your back pain until you listen to Lynda's audio program!

Scott Taylor, Karate & Kickboxing Instructor

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Pilates for Neck and Shoulder Pain:

O M G, I ssssoooooo needed that neck and shoulder stretch. I get so tight in that area from swimming, which is my main aerobic exercise. I feel 100% better now. Thanks a million, Lynda. I really appreciate the way you bring attention to the subtle details that make such a big differences in the body. That awareness in itself is enlightening.

Martin Kettelhut, PhD, Executive Coach

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Pilates with Ring and Foam Roller:

It is suitable for pretty much any level of exerciser, because you will gain balance, strength, and control, and you can challenge yourself with the moves to make it even more challenging. I used a very firm foam roller, so I didn’t have a cushion or sink into it at all, making the balance parts fairly tough.

Lynda has this really great way of not letting you know that it’s going to be hard, and then it just is! Her cues are easy to understand, eliminating the possibility of not getting it right.

Sunni Almond, Pilates Teacher

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Pilates Basics Mat Class:

Bottom Line: This is a solid, beginner-to-intermediate Pilates mat workout with good instruction. The workout flow is mostly there, the important cues are there, and the workout builds nicely. It's quite handy to have a Pilates workout or two readily available on one's phone or digital device.

Marguerite Ogle, Pilates Teacher & former About.com Pilates Expert

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Not Convinced? Listen to me about why Pilates Audios Are Awesome:

Pilates for A Flat Stomach Fast

According to the "Food Coach" Lori Corbin of ABC's LA affiliate, both food changes as well as added exercise are necessary to achieve flat tummy nirvana. "'One thing that you can start doing right away is Pilates,' said fitness expert Jill Brown from the Sports Club LA.

Brown says there's no equipment needed. Just grab a mat or lie on carpet to try a reverse crunch in order to train the deepest level of your abdominal tissue; as standard crunching might not be effective.

'If you're doing crunches all day long, 1,000 crunches a day or what have you, you're only working the six pack. But that's not actually going to shrink the width of your belly or flatten your tummy,' said Brown."

See a video of great tummy flattening Pilates moves on the station's website.

90 Year Old Pilates Teacher

If you had any question about the appropriateness of Pilates for older people, I invite you to read the story of Leslie Goldman, who at age 90 teaches three pilates mat classes a week. "The longtime Michigan resident has been teaching Pilates at the New Baltimore Recreation Department since 1978." Goldman embodies the spirit of Joseph Pilates.

"As a result of her dedicated workouts, this mother of five, grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of seven, boasts a healthy 140-over-80 blood pressure, stellar mental clarity and the type of endurance not often seen in women 20 years younger. "I see so many around me using walkers; they don't have the endurance I have," she said. "When you exercise, you stay sharp in mind as well as body. My doctor is very proud of me."

Runners Need Pilates

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One of my Twitter friends is Natalie Friton, who writes the Health and Running blog and asked if she could interview me about Pilates and Running. A few insightful questions later and we have Pilates for Runners.

If you are a runner or Pilates teacher with questions about what to focus on, what exercises are the most beneficial, and how to help strengthen your body and run without pain and injury, this is (if I do say so myself) a really good comprehensive piece that focuses on Pilates mat exercises and using the foam roller.

In fact, Marguerite Ogle, who maintains and writes About.com's Pilates Pages, says

"In the interview, Lippin targets issues for runners bodies, and recommends specific Pilates exercises for runners. This one is recommended reading for runners, potential runners, and Pilates instructors working with runners."

So go check it out and let me know what you think!

How NOT To Train Your Abdominals

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I received a question today that shows very clearly the inefficiency of most "traditional" abdominal training methods.

I am working out very hard on my abs sections and want answers to some questions.

* First and the foremost thing is that I've read in some book that you grow your love handles and transform them into permanent muscles if you keep working on them with weighted side dumbbell bends. I think, Ive done the same mistake, so what is the effective way to get rid of them without reducing the over-all muscle mass from the body.

* The second thing which confuses me most of the time is when I am doing my ab workout I feed some pain in my mid-section but I cant figure out whether it is in ab-section or back. So, I just stop my self from exercising to prevent back ache problems.

*Kindly tell me, how effective are these ab-machines available in the market are? Do they work or they don't work at all and is simply waste of money?

*When I started ab-workout as a beginner I used to get lot of sore in my ab section through out the day. It really felt as if something is developing. But now, I perform ab workout daily but not intensively. Like total of 50-60 sit ups with breaks in between and 30-40 leg raisers. What is more beneficial? To work on abs daily with less intensity or work on it twice a week with more intensity?

* My height = 5'11", Weight =72 kg, chest=39", waist=32"
I need to loose only some pounds from my mid section to make abs visible. How intensively I should do aerobic exercises to achieve my goal? Do I really need to do aerobics to loose belly fat as I am already on strength training.

I really hope best answers from your side.
Ali A

Answer: Dear Ali,

Regarding losing pounds from your midsection, the way to do that is by eating correctly. There is a great free report about this.

Tom Venuto really has the best eating program to show off your abs.

You do need to add some cardio to your workout, not to flatten your belly necessarily but to strengthen your heart and increase general fitness.

Ab machines are a waste of time.

The abdominal muscles wrap around your body from back to front, so feeling some ab work all the way around is appropriate.

I think Pilates is best for abs as the isolated exercises you have been doing (which aren't working) are not efficient for ab training. Here are some great Pilates home workouts.