Learn More About Pilates Mat Level Two
Jennifer Kern, certified Pilates instructor has once again done a beautiful job describing Pilates Mat Level Two. She builds more challenging core exercises onto what was learned in Level One. This is a core strengthening and mind calming workout. All you need is your mat. Everything is done there, so very little space is needed. I love this workout because your mind slows down as your muscles strengthen and lengthen.
Fitness Descriptions Provide More Detail
These detailed fitness descriptions are in addition to our audio programs. They explain in more detail the exercise movement, as well as modification, in both audio and text format. They were created by a blind exercise advocate to make the exercises easier to understand and provide a more in depth workout experience. Below is just a sample of a few movements in this workout program. Fitness descriptions are included with every workout.
1 - Introduction, 2 - Seated Breath, 3 - Lateral Stretch, 4 - Spine Stretch Forward, 5 - Seated Spinal Twist, 6 - Transition from Seat to Back, 7 - Half Curl, 8 - Half Curls with Arm Floats, 9 - Mini Bridge, 10 - Full Shoulder Bridge, 11 - One Legged Shoulder Bridge, 12 - Hundreds, 13 - Roll Up, 14 - Watchdog, 15 - Advanced Knee Floats, 16 - Half Swan, 17 - Superman Variation, 18 - Side Lying Setup, 19 - Book, 20 - Clam, 21 - Side Kick, 22 - Partial Banana, 23 - Banana, 24 - Final Thoughts
Sample Exercise Descriptions
3 - Lateral Stretch
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Text Description:Stay in the same position you used for the previous exercise. Inhale while lifting your left arm up toward the ceiling. As you exhale, reach over to the right with your left arm. Feel the stretch the length of your left arm and rib cage. Keep the right sit bone digging into the mat. Inhale, and stretch even farther to the side. Exhale, and as you inhale, straighten up. Inhale, and exhale as you bring your arm back down to the left side. Repeat this stretch on the opposite side.
5 - Seated Spinal Twist
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Text Description:For this exercise, we will remain in the same starting position used for the previous exercises. Inhale, and put your right hand behind you. Let your left hand rest on your right thigh. As you exhale, twist to the right. Turn your head as if looking over your right shoulder to include your neck in this gentle twist. The emphasis should not be so much on how far you can twist, but on maintaining that tall straight spine. This will strengthen and stretch the rotator muscles in the spine so important for daily movement. Inhale, and as you exhale, return to center. Then, take the twist to the opposite side.
9 - Mini Bridge
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Text Description:We'll do the pelvic tilt, but with a lift that will engage your hamstrings and glutes. Begin in the neutral spine position, with relaxed shoulders and upper body. Your knees should not splay out to the sides, and are about three inches apart. Inhale to prepare, then exhale, pulling your abdominal muscles in toward the spine. As you begin the pelvic tilt, engage your glutes and lift your rear end up off the mat while keeping the abdominal muscles engaged. Hold the position as you inhale, and exhale as you slowly release back down to the mat with control.