Body Mechanics To Improve Movement

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BY Karl Price, Senoir Pilates Instructor
Friday Apr 28, 2017
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Have you tried Body Mechanics at Elixr? This dual-focus class uses current exercise science to improve movement patterns to benefit everyday life and athleticism alike. We use mobility and stability exercises to encourage robust full-range movement of the shoulders and hips, and selected core stability exercises to strengthen the torso in all three dimensions.

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Here's what Elixr member Rina Miller has to say about her Body Mechanics experience:

"After a Body Mechanics class, I feel exhilarated and have such a great sense of achievement.

I have been an Elixr member since December 2015 and have enjoyed all the classes I've attended. I especially enjoy the GRC and attend the classes two or three times a week after work. When Karl introduced a Body Mechanics Pilates class on a Wednesday evening, I decided to go along. Although similar to his regular class, in Body Mechanics we learn the finer points of GRC – and my strength has increased tremendously.

I always remember to grip and breathe before pulling on the straps during many of the exercises. As Karl explains:

GRIP = Use of grip strength to provide shoulder girdle stability and movement power prior to moving.

BREATHE = Use of the first part of the exhale to pre-stiffen the core prior to moving.

I have learnt to isolate certain muscles and use the necessary ones wisely, which means they are being used correctly. I enjoy using the stretch bands as they help accentuate the movements.

My range of motion has increased in my ankles and hips. This is really important to me as I am a senior person who wants and needs to stay strong and healthy and prevent falls. My arms have gained significant strength too and I am able to do more than I could imagine myself doing previously, like planks!"

Karl Price is a Pilates instructor at Elixr and the creator of Body Mechanics. If you want to try a Body Mechanic class, check out our timetable

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