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Integrating Physiological Principles Into a Comprehensive Pilates Program - CEC Course

By: Rael Isacowitz, MA

Over the years, commonly used cues and techniques delivered with the certainty of proven scientific knowledge have been misleading and incorrect. For instance, it is proclaimed that Pilates builds strength, yet often Pilates teachers shy away indignantly from the notion of overloading a muscle or muscle group with resistance, ignoring the physiological principle of overload. This session will introduce the Block System™, a method by which instructors can achieve the maximum from the work and the physiological principles that support it.

  1. Define differences between imagery and physiological fact when cuing movements.
  2. Describe the applicable use of the BASI Pilates™ block system in addressing the whole body.
  3. Discuss the basic physiological principles of training.
  4. Illustrate the value of a structure in a Pilates session.
  5. Compare the differences between strength and endurance training, and the effects on muscular adaptations.
  6. Explore the creative use of apparatus while maintaining specific muscle focus.
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